“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots” -Rumi
In practice, this root thing has been creeping up for me a lot. Every pose I find in my practice I am learning starts from the ground up! Just to start, your feet have 52 bones, that’s 25% of your body bone count! Pyramid is a great one I have been teaching lately where it is always said, “Square your hips off”. The trick is you have to somehow do this while your upside-down and backwards. Taking it from the heels of the feet rooted down into the earth the hips are able to naturally find themselves in place. Grounding the front heel moves the one hip back as the back heel moves the other hip forward giving your body the alignment of ‘squared’.
On a self development level (I work for lululemon, got to throw this in) we have so many areas in our life where we decided we need to improve. But if you sit down and really think about where things are arising that you struggle with you could probably pin it all back to one root issue. Working strongly with that is a lot more productive then putting out a million little fires.
As a yogi the ‘spiritual seeker’ is a cliche of my everyday when really there is nothing to seek. These branches are all stories. As you grow from that seedling the stories get bigger, taller and stronger. The idea of who you are starts to become the branches and being up there with all the birds and the breeze seems good, even nice till a storm hits. But what about the part of you that is true, the stillness that sits within. Really there is nothing to seek, everything you are growing and striving for is in those roots and grows through those roots. Even Patanjali’s eight limbs is a path back to your roots, in truth all that we are seeking is already there! There is nothing outside of ourselves to seek and the true compassion lies within the unconditional self.