Archer Pose Learning: Day 36
Archer Pose is an excellent pose to create balance and steadiness in the nervous system. It is very active, building power in the legs and navel, and strength in the deep core. It builds courage, confidence, and self-esteem. For the past 36 days I have done five minutes of Archer Pose on both sides. Five minutes is a long time to contemplate your thumb. I struggled first with arm strength, then leg strength, then found pelvic floor muscles, and deeper breathing. I let go of the tension in my jaw, felt the flow of energy from tail bone to crown, all the while trying to maintain a meditative mind. The chatter that comes up is incessant! I have had some of my best ideas standing there poised to pull the arrow…of course I can never remember what most of those ideas are after my session is over!
I am incredibly happy with life, work, and myself – but I know I’m destined to give much more to the world than I am right now. Why do I work and play where I do? How did all of the events in my life bring me exactly where I am today, and for what purpose? I meditate, do yoga, and run, and read books to further my personal development, but wonder what my dharma is. I feel prosperous…but I also feel like I’m perched on the edge of my seat…what’s it all about, anyhow?
The archer who aims his arrow must sometimes wait minutes, maybe hours, before the prey can be taken down. Does the hunter even know what will come before his arrow…rabbit? Deer? Boar? The lesson Archer Pose is teaching me is that I must stay focused and alert, aim my arrow, be prepared, for when the opportunity arises I must strike without fear or question. Sharpen my arrow, maintain my focus, strengthen my resolve that my prey – my opportunity – is out there and I must be patient, while honing my skills. This way, the second it is within my grasp I will have the means to snatch it.