Resilience

flowers in the snow

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ~ Maya Angelou

Given a slight rise in temperature and some sunshine, I know these cyclamen in my garden will unfurl and perk up again. They’ve had to adapt to the snow and frost that we had overnight, but are resilient enough to cope with it. We can learn from nature, knowing that we can’t control what happens in our lives, but develop that resilience to cope with it.

I’m sitting here smiling to myself this morning, as I’m preparing for the ‘Springtime Dru Yoga’ session that I’m running on Saturday. When I first thought of doing it, I was imagining daffodils swaying in a gentle breeze, green leaves unfurling on the trees and feeling the warmth of approaching summer in the air.¬† Not howling blizzards, temperatures falling to -4 overnight and the flowers still wrapped up inside their buds!

This is only a small example, but when life presents you with bigger challenges, you can use yoga and breathing practices like the calming breath to help you cope. And with regular practice, you’ll build up your own inner strength and resilience, so you won’t be knocked down quite so often and will bounce back more quickly.

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