Staying Open Minded to Big Leaps
By Daria Berseneva
I think Big Leaps come easy and are fun when we are young (teenage/early twenties). A lot of big leaps are happening naturally, and are even expected from young people(choosing career, moving out of the parents’ place, going to college in a new town, traveling,trying new things, hobbies, sports). I had my probably biggest leap when I moved to US when I was 19, all by myself. I didn’t think much of it, enjoyed my life and took one day at a time. I never even considered it to be The Biggest Leap of my life until people who heard my story were making comments on how brave that was.
As we get older though, we get attached to the stories we make in our heads. The walls of our comfort zone become rigid. We refuse to see things that do not fit our ideas of how the world is or has to be(or who we are and our role in the world). This is how we loose the ability to take big (and small) leaps. It starts with small things. Like “I can’t take cold shower, My body cannot take it” or “I’d rather stick to having the same food, than try a new cuisine”. Then progresses to bigger things, like inability to leave the job that feels like a dead end/or going after a dream job, which feels (at the moment) so far out of reach.
To keep the ability to take big leaps throughout life, I think, we have to always stay in a position of a student. Aristotle famously said “the more you know the more you don’t know”. This view on life is what, in my opinion, helps to stay open minded, young in the heart and ready to experience new things, leap into the unknown and enjoy the process.
Hanumansana is a great metaphor for this mindset. Where the back leg represents letting go of old stories, concepts and conditionings and the front leg reaching into the unknown, openmindedly and courageously, keeping our hearts and souls open and young.