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The Healing Potential of Stopping

Stop and look around
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Looking at this shared cultural moment through the lens of Ayurveda and the five elements, you could say we’re deep in the healing potential of the Water element. The water element exposes our existential fear of the unknown and asks us - what is absolutely essential? What is really true for me beyond the “doing” and business?

These are big questions, and they’re not always easy to answer.

In this dark void phase of the cycle, there is potent potential. In order to fully access this potential, we need to slow down and then stop. Our culture is not used to pausing or stopping. We live within a context that values action, results, and speed. Oftentimes, we’re rewarded for pushing forward at all costs. But on a very deep level, this causes depletion; of our own Prana, the vital energy, and the resources of the planet.

Ultimately, the water element requires us to turn inward, stop the forward driving momentum, and pay attention. When we stop and examine our lives we may discover our vitality is being drained in all kinds of unnecessary ways. This vitality is the deep life force that gets depleted when we are constantly on the go. We can restore this vital energy by stopping, pausing, and resting in the unknown.

As the world slows down, is there a way you can stop and let go to support your Prana? This too will pass, you know. Spring and summer will inevitably come, and the buzz of the world will resume. Right now though, is there a way to stop pushing forward and rest in the utter darkness?

Think about all of the activities and roles you’re engaged in. Can you approach this time of forced slowness as a time to re-orient to what is most important? Without neglecting the difficulty and pain this situation has caused, what would it be like to suspend the need to do and fix, and instead just be? What remains beyond roles, duties, and responsibilities?

About the author

Irina Bachvarova

Yoga Guru

Master in Sports Pedagogic and director at Bulgarian Ashtanga Yoga Academy.

Irina is the author of the first Bulgarian book for Ashtanga Yoga and trusted Yoga Guru for TV series, produced by Bulgarian National Television.

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