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Box

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how did the box start?

with

 someone saying

you have tight shoulders

:::

we agreed

and became

that tight shouldered person.

:::

everything got filtered through

"I have tight shoulders".

that is who we became.

:::

that was our "thing"

we staked our claim

on our issue

until our yoga became a route that pointed the way

towards

what was wrong with us.

:::

 we began to filter every yoga practice

through

the false yet familiar framework of

how to FIX ourselves

as if

we needed fixing

:::

and someone

on the internet

could fix us

without ever knowing

who we were.

:::

we began to 

 start every practice

with a list

of 

our wounds

our injuries

our labels

our list of STUFF that someone told us

we had

and

we had to fix.

:::

we made these labels the most important thing

about us

we made these labels become

the reason we practiced yoga

until it became

almost true.

:::

if we tell ourselves

this story

of what is wrong with us

before every yoga practice

our yoga practice

becomes

this story.

:::

if we start 

to believe

what has been 

repeated

simply

because

it has been repeated

so many 

times

we won’t recognize

what is real

:::

if we box ourselves in

by our labels

chosen by us

or for us

we define ourselves by the label of

tight

big

old

if we box ourselves in

day after day

practice after practice

we will lose the ability

to see

it 

was always

just 

damn

box.

from ariadne’s thread and other practices by wini linguvic