A wheel can only rotate to revolve…
The wheel posture (Urdhva Dhanurasana) is one of my favourite postures in Yoga. It has helped me a lot to overcome my chronic back pain.
It is a perfect posture to strengthen and lengthen the vertebrae, by increasing flexibility of the spine and the hips to keep them active and healthy. It is also very efficient to strengthen the arms, shoulders, chest and legs. With this pose, you send oxygen into your rib cage. You can expect to release your stress, depression and anxiety through the stimulation of the thyroid and pituitary glands.
Wheel Pose energizes you and helps you to reconnect with the universe by stimulating all seven of the chakras. You open your heart to the universe, so it may also help to heal past hurts, while allowing love to come into your life.
On a spiritual level, the wheel has represented different symbols since the early ages of the humanity. In Buddha teachings, the wheel’s motion is a metaphor for the spiritual change and transformation.
On a very simple definition, the wheel rotates and revolves like everything on this earth circulates and revolves.
The sky is round, the sun and the moon come forth and go down in a circle and both are round. Our blood circulates and birds make their nest in circles. The seasons change in a circle and always come back to where they were. We come from the earth and will go back to the earth.
The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood: when we age, we go back to the childhood and in some cases, even in the need of being taken care of like a baby.
In many civilizations, it has been believed that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Human being has celebrated this existence with rituals in circles.
According to the Sufi belief, the human being lives by the revolution of the blood in his body, and by the revolution of the stages of his life, by his coming from the earth and his returning to it.
While Revolving from right to left around the heart, the semazen of the whirling dervishes embraces all humanity with love. We are all connected with love and are ONE in this universe.
“The human being has been created with love in order to love.” Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi
Alevis from Anatolia, turn in circles during Semah, in a modified state of consciousness to find love through love.
When you think about this revolving nature of the universe, it is no coincidence that you reap what you sow as every energy you send out to the universe, comes back to find you sooner or later. So when you take action in life, always think about the consequences first .When you feel that you have the power to treat people like you want, don’t forget that the wheel rotates, life revolves and sooner or later you will be treated the same way.
If you are not treated fairly because you are considered “different”, just sit back in lotus pose and trust that the universe will get it right. Flow like the beautiful lotus flower that looks always so pure and clean against the background of the dirty pond; emerging from dirty waters to be perfectly clean. Keep in mind that it is not the others who set your value, you are of a great value and equal because you exist.
The one that hurts the other, who sees themself “superior” , who reaps hate and anger is doomed to receive the same treatment one day. The universe has a unique and funny way to do the justice through revolving and the word “revenge” is useless in so many ways 🙂