|Yogi in a Garden (Public Domain)|
When Keith Mitchell suffered a serious spinal injury on the playing field, his first response was: This is embarrassing.
Turns out that it was a whole lot more than embarrassing. Mitchell became paralyzed for six months, then needed a great deal of therapy to even walk again. NFL participation was now out of reach.
As Mitchell put it: When you’re on your back, you’re open for everything. Even for yoga, which was definitely a stretch for this
linebacker with a “gladiator” mentality…
His therapist began instructing him in meditation. Mitchell stated to HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill: My rehabilitation was very limited [due to the delicate nature of the spinal injury], so meditation changed my whole life.
Mitchell continues to devote a great deal of time and effort to yoga. He now avidly passes on this wisdom to others. He proclaims: …it opened my mind to so many dimensions that I’m still learning on a daily basis and it’s really changed my life. I’m so grateful.
Copyright April 11, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved