Now I am sure someone will correct me if my memory of the Easter story is a bit rusty but what I remember of years of growing up in Sunday School and then from attending church during my adult years, Easter is about the life of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion , subsequent death and then the ultimate resurrection. Jesus Christ died so that our sins would be forgiven.
Ok so I hear you say what has that got to do with yoga and my way of thinking. Well let’s look at this from a different perspective. In the cycle of life things are born, live, die and then is reborn. Think of a butterfly. It is born of an egg into a caterpillar, it lives its life as a caterpillar and then the caterpillar must “die”. For after a time the caterpillar spins its own cocoon and then it is reborn into a beautiful butterfly. While the caterpillar is still alive but as a butterfly, we could think of it as the creature we saw as a wingless, fat little crawling insect dies to be resurrected as a newly born colourful insect with glorious wings.
We could have the same thoughts of any living being. A tree is born of a seed, it grows, it produces new form in the way of a flower and fruit and then it is reborn. Some plants actually die before the new growth comes through almost in exactly the same spot as the parent plant.
So yes I see Easter as the story of the cycle of life. Obviously this is a very simplistic way of looking at it and I haven’t even touched on the lessons around sacrifice and love. And I definitely don’t want o be demeaning the Christian story of Easter by comparing it to an insect but I do invite you all to think about Easter as a way of reflecting on the cycles of life around us.
Easter gives me time to pause and think about my own ‘cycles of life’. Even within my life I see mini moments of birth, life, death and rebirth. I get to appreciate that life is ever changing and am reminded not to get too attached to the emotions of the moment because the next moment will come along soon enough and the mood may be extremely different to the previous one. Simply because well life continues, things a constantly born and things die. Even Jesus Christ seemed to be at peace with this fact.
Perhaps in that reflection we can learn that change is not a good or bad thing to go through. Change is just a fact of life and it is up to us to enjoy what time we have in every moment. I invite you to reflect this Easter on how you handle change and maybe how you can reconcile with it in your life.