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Everyone always thinks nothing bad or terrible will ever happen to them.
I had always thought that i was the kind of person who was shielded from bad things ever happening to me!
And then it did happen to me!
I was descending with a group from Tapovan, in the Himalayas from an altitude of 14, 500 feet,
when someone in the group yelled, “Look Up! Aaron Look Up” and as I looked up, a moment to late, a A boulder twice the size of a basketball was plummeting towards me.
As I dodged out of its way, it hit the center of my left leg.
And I WAS IN PAIN!!!
But here in what’s known as the “Abode of the Gods,” I found myself truly fractured, and realized it would take all I knew about the will, the spirit, the mind and the breath to put the pieces together again.
Immediately a few people in the group started to run on ahead looking for help. Some went to find out how to get a helicopter to get me. There was an india army base at the foot of the mountain. Others ran ahead to see what could be done.
But after 8 hours of sitting on that mountain, with the sun starting to set, and the temperature rapidly dropping,
it became very clear that no help was going to come.
Help was not going to come.
In that moment, I realized I could end up spending the entire night out in the freezing cold. Without blankets, without clothes, and with out fire wood.
I had two choices.
I could either be really depressed and feel like a victim. Or, I could follow the advice of my teacher who said,
“If you are going to be a mess, then be a happy mess."
This was my life. No matter where I was, no matter what the circumstances, I can always choose how I would live my life.
I can tell you that
20 years of yoga practice prepared me for that moment.
20 years of teaching myself to go inward and to find that place of profound stillness. 20 years of cultivating a deep sense of knowing where that abode of true joy resides.
Yoga taught me to deal with the pain.
When a student asked Buddha, “How do you experience pain.”
Buddha replied “One Arrow, or 1000 arrows."
You can experience the arrow of pain in the body, or the thousand of arrows in the mind. I was in tremendous pain but my mind was saturated in that moment with joy of spirit and presence.
My yoga practice taught me how to breathe through the pain of the broken femur. I used yogic breathing techniques to overcome my physical pain and to keep my attention inward.
And the good news! Finally a group of people did come.
This lesson reminded me how much faith plays such a pivotal role in our lives. Yoga teaches us that without faith, our practice is dull and that faith is the fuel to make your practice grow and expand.
I had no idea what to expect next. I did not know where I would end up. Or how many days it would take to get to the hospital. Or how I would even get there.
But I had my faith.
All that was important in that moment was faith and to remain present.
We all have choice in life.
Viktor Frankl who was a helocost survivor, and suffered at the hands of his captors, who had everything taken away from him made the observation
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of humanfreedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. ~ Viktor Frankl
We always have choice in how we respond.
This is your life. How do you choose when a boulder comes crashing into your life!!!
My teacher once said.
“Life is a manuscript, and the author of that manuscript is that which you are....The beginning and the ending of this manuscript are missing. You do not consciously know from where you have come; you do not know where you will go.” - Swami Rama