Days of your Life
Last week in Parsha Vayigash, Pharaoh and Jacob meet. Pharaoh asks Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” He asked because when he looked at Jacob’s face, he looked old, he looked tired, he looked beaten down. Pharaoh was astute and recognized the difference between living and being alive.
The days refer to days of truly living and the years refer to chronological age. Jacob replies that the truly good days of his life are few and that his forefathers had more days of living. The way we see ourselves is how we present ourselves to others.
This same theme is repeated in this week’s Parssha Vayechi. Jacob tells Joseph that he lived seventeen years in Egypt—the years after his reunion with Joseph—and the seventeen years from Joseph’s birth. The rest of his years he saw as a troubled existence. Jacob said, “I had a hard life.”
Our Life is How We Interpret It
Each of us is given a separate and unique life. Each life is one of a kind. Our nature and nurture, packaged with our predispositions, are individual. We each have situations that enable us to grow and to be challenged. This is our opportunity to use our free choice, to use the wisdom, the insight and the discernment we have been given by Hashem.
We each have a “story” that we tell ourselves about our lives. Check out your story. Write down your description of your life. Read it over and see if you come away with a positive or negative image of your past. Did you highlight all the setbacks you had? Is your story filled with your accomplishments? WYSIWYG. What you see is what you get!
Our yoga practice will follow the theme of each of us being created differently, each of us in a setting that is unique to us. Our pose will be the bridge pose. There are all different kinds of bridges—long ones and short ones, high ones and low ones. Your bridge pose will represent where you are today in your yoga practice.