The Rainbow Connection–Finding Magic and Imagination in your life
I think one of my all time favorite songs is “The Rainbow Connection” from the Muppet Movie. I love Kermit the frog! I think he was really on to something when he sings, “someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me….all of us under it’s spell, it’s probably some sort of magic..”
Yoga is magical. When a magician does a trick, it’s not because he got lucky; it’s because he is skilled. He has practiced each slight of hand so many times, he makes what he does look effortless or magical. Anything worth pursuing in life takes hard work, dedication, practice and repetition. When we repeat something over and over again, it becomes second nature and it feels magical.
My yoga teacher, Nevine, says, “the biggest difference between terror and joy, is skill.” If you are a skilled sailor you can navigate the waves of the unconscious and sail through the ocean of life with joy. If you are unskilled and have no idea how to steer your boat, the ocean of life can be quite terrifying.
Yoga teaches us how to be skilled in our bodies and minds and set a course in which we want to sail our ship. We find joy in discovering the unknown and testing ourselves as we navigate the waves that come and go upon our journey. We can’t control the size of the waves but we can all learn to sail. We just need to tap in to our imagination to set sail, then rely upon our practice to skillfully enjoy the ride.
Breathing, meditating, positive visualizations and explorative movement all help us grow and feel safer, stronger and happier in our bodies, minds and spirits. To practice yoga, to live a full life, takes a bit of magic and imagination. Practice the formulas over and over again, live every moment deeply and fully, and always tap in to your imagination. As Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Sometimes it’s hard to tap in to our imagination as adults. Try this rainbow breathing exercise to develop your imagination on a daily basis; and take 3 minutes to watch Kermie sing.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!