Tied Up In Knots
Life, much like Garbha Pindasana, has me tied up in knots right now.
I moved houses two days ago. I will be the Maid of Honor in my best friend's wedding this month, so wedding activities abound. I recently gained legal guardianship of my niece after a tough court battle. And, most heart-wrenching of all, last week a family member received a devastating cancer diagnosis.
Life can be viciously unsparing.
You're probably expecting me to play off my picture above and say something like, "Life have you in knots? Face it with a big, bright smile!", right?
But I did use that picture on purpose to make a point. It is staged. It was taken during a photo shoot with a professional photographer. And that's fine. Staging is important in life. But it's also good to forget the platitudes and niceties and be real.
Life is hard. Why does smiling get all the attention? Crying is pretty damn great, too. And downright necessary for most of us. Grief is a sacred--albeit painful--part of human existence. Let's own it and feel it without the added stress of thinking we need to snap out of it and smile.
Smiling isn't better than frowning. It's just different. Go ahead, don't turn that frown upside down. Leave it where it is and give yourself permission to feel the depths of your sadness.
Remember, the only people smiling in Garbha Pindasana are the ones having their pictures taken.