Ashley Bell, ERYT-200

Charleston, SC

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July 12th, 2013 by Ashley Bell

lay down and cover up

Recently I came across an Oscar Wilde quote that I really loved:

“If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.”

Typically we associate “being a doormat” with allowing ourselves to be tread upon, giving the image negative connotations.  But the way Wilde worded his quote took me straight to the child’s pose that starts my practices.  The doormat is the place that opportunity lands when it knocks, where the new is ushered in and that which has passed makes its graceful exit.  More and more I am finding that if I lay down and surrender my ideas about how things should be, when I start to embrace the notion that everything is coming my way (thanks, Santana), then I can be the place “where love flows through” (infinite THANKS, Dana Flynn).  I continue to discover that when I let go resistance and allow things to BE then potential is limitless and growth is inevitable.  It’s like Joseph Campbell said, “When you follow your bliss the universe opens doors where there were only walls.”  So the way I see it, yoga mat = doormat, in the best way possible.

I love a good cover, here are a few I have in heavy rotation:

Such Great Heights (orig. Iron + Wine) by Joy Kills Sorrow
I Want You Back (orig. Jackson 5) by Lake Street Dive
Oh Sister (orig. Bob Dylan) by Andrew Bird
This Must Be the Place (orig. Talking Heads) by Meklit Hadero + Quinn Deveaux
Get Lucky – Banjo Instrumental (orig. by Daft Punk – more of a remix/remake?  Either way, I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so I love that banjo.  Go ahead and insert your Deliverance reference here, I don’t mind a bit.) by Daft Punk, Charles Butler +  Beats Antique