Pay It Forward
KOSHER SUTRA 'when a woman gives birth to a male' (Lev 12:2)
SOUL SOLUTION Heal the world, one step at a time.
BIBLIYOGA POSE Backbend (upright heart)
BODY BENEFITS Flexibility for back
As a child there was always something fascinating about the world-record-breaking domino contests where the flick of one domino would affect many thousands more. The film Pay It Forward tells of a similar effect with powerful results where every person has to do a huge favour that will help three other people, and those three ‘pay it forward’ to three more. We can take the butterfly effect into our own hands and raise the world on these wings.
“When a woman gives birth to a male” appears to speak to one half of the population until we analyse the Hebrew word Tazria which means giving birth, but has the root of Zarua meaning ‘planting’, and Zera meaning seed. Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk explained that when we plant sparks of inspiration in others, stimulating them to bring more light into the world through their actions, we ‘give birth’. He connects it to the psalm ‘a light is planted (zarua) for the righteous person, and gladness for the upright of heart’ (97:11). And so we lift others.
The space of the yoga mat is a private one, symbolising our own internal world, but the core of the philosophy is that there is no action without reaction. The Yoga Sutras are based around the principles of how our actions impact the world, such as satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), or aparigraha (non-jealousy). When we meet teachers who truly embody these traits – which are a lot easier to talk about than they are to practice – we are inspired to embody these values within ourselves. There is nothing more powerful than a teacher who lives what they teach, and few things more disappointing than the mentors who fall short.
Next week we enter the spiritual month of Nissan, representing a time of freedom. We can be free to recreate ourselves, remodel our behaviours and get closer to our ideal self. Can you give birth to the true you inside, fulfilling the potential of who you know you can be? Free from the past, perhaps now is the time to start.
Shalom V'Ahava, Gut Shabbes-
Kosher Sutra (c) Marcus J Freed 2011
HOW TO DO A BACKBEND
i. Lie on your back with your feet in semi-supine (feet are hip-width apart and on the floor with your heels by your buttocks.