"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl
This week I was reminded of what it’s like to really feel magic...to believe completely that dreams can come true...that surprises await you around every corner. I took a family vacation to Disney World and remembered the feeling of being a child with a sense of awe...of wonder. My breath was taken away. My heart skipped a beat. I giggled, really giggled. I had pixie dust sprinkled in my hair as the words of Peter Pan were repeated...”all you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust!”
I joked at yoga this morning, warning my friends that I had been sprinkled with pixie dust and might just levitate today. We laughed and class began. It had been over a week since my last class and this one was particularly hard. I was trying so hard to focus on getting out of my mind and into my body, but it was taking more energy than I had to give. And then the music changed.
Music has always affected me on a deep level. It can bring a memory rushing back or change my mood in an instant. To me, music is magic. How else can you describe something that can transform you so completely? That can take you traveling through time? That can send your dreams soaring? This morning, Katy Perry’s Dark Horse suddenly gave me something to focus on and just the burst of energy I needed. I stopped thinking. I was listening to the rhythm and the lyrics and singing along when, all of a sudden, I did it...CROW! I had been trying to do this elusive pose for months and there it was...a surprise awaiting me around the corner. I called out to my teacher and fell out of the pose just as she turned to me. I burst into tears. They were tears of pride and joy and accomplishment. They were proof that even when my mind is telling me one thing, my body can tell me another. My body can speak the truth of my soul...that I am strong and powerful and determined and unstoppable. That I am magic.
I started to wonder why I had been so drawn to this pose and so determined to do it, so I did a little research and was very intrigued by what I found. Sandy Krzyzanowski of Better Day Yoga says this about the possible spiritual aspects of crow pose: “Just as with breathwork where you extend the exhalation and dwell in the space between the breaths, use crow pose to dwell in the space where balance is found. This pulls your concentration inward where there is no past or future, only the present.” She continues to explain that the “crow reminds us to sing our own song with no thought toward needing the approval of others. It is not by our doing that we are deemed ‘acceptable’. We are already acceptable by our very nature. We are all songbirds—each and every one—regardless. Accept that you are magical. Accept that you are here to create.”
I don’t have to wonder anymore. Apparently, crow pose and I were meant to be! The thought of this pose representing the magical songbird in each of us spoke to my heart and made me feel like flying.
Incidentally, the intention I pulled from the jar this morning said, “Let your light shine.” I almost rolled my eyes at this, thinking how it didn’t relate to me at all. Ok, Universe, I get the message loud and clear! My heart sang today because a bit of it was able to shine through. My light is shining bright and if that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is.
‘Cause I, I’m capable of anything, of anything and everything. - Katy Perry