Quotes of Wisdom 41 Standing on the Edge Requires You to Slow Down

“Become slower in your journey through life. Practice yoga and meditation if you suffer from ‘hurry sickness.’ Become more introspective by visiting quiet places such as churches, museums, mountains and lakes. Give yourself permission to read at least one novel a month for pleasure.”

Wayne Dyer

“Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term in yogic philosophy that refers to a heartfelt desire, a solemn vow, an intention, or a resolve to do something. It is similar to the English concept of a resolution, except that it comes from even deeper within and tends to be an affirmation. This term comes from the Sanskrit roots san, meaning “a connection with the highest truth,” and kalpa, meaning “vow.” Thus, it translates to denote an affirming resolve to do something or achieve something spiritual.
Oftentimes, yoga practice can help an individual uncover and cultivate their own sankalpa in order to achieve enlightenment.”

There is no better salve for my grieving heart than holding my child or standing on the edge of Earth’s great wonders.

Last weekend my father and I took my 14 year old twins to Grand Canyon West in Arizona. On the land of the Hualupai people, you can walk on a glass terrace called Skywalk suspended 4000′ above the Colorado River. You can walk to and hike up Guano Point and view the Grand Canyon to both horizons.

It is a peaceful place in the midst of the Colorado’s violent natural tendency to carve through the land. Depending on the season, the desert’s brutal heat or freezing wind work to dissuade you from standing still too long.

In the midst of the Hualapai tribe’s struggle to thrive in the 21st century, you can stand over the edge of the Grand Canyon.

It is a place you must slow down or you’ll miss the grandeur, the hugeness of the moment, or worse, lose your footing and become a statistic. A 14 year old girl had gone missing at Horseshoe Bend in the Grand Canyon the day before we left for our trip. She was found 700′ below the rim.

Standing on the edge demands stillness.

If unable to visit a place on Earth that inspires a deeper understanding of your human experience, you can try Yoga. Visit that place inside your mind, body, and spirit that is vast, capable of changing your perspective within moments of entering.

Just as the Grand Canyon demands quiet and stillness, standing on the edge of your own vastness requires you to slow down, to listen, to view with an internal vulnerability. You may be surprised by what you find. You may be drawn to enter and experience peace inside.

Discover your Sankalpa for yourself and for the world.

Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Arizona
photo credit: Grand Canyon West Souvenir photo

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