Tequila/Monk

Alanis Morissette - Thank You

February 5, 2013

There are times during this process when you do everything ... you ... can ... just to hold on. The song, Thank You, by Alanis Morissette describes her emotions and gratitutde for having gone through a process.

According to Wikipedia, this beautiful song describes her emotions after a trip to India:

After some recent experiences, her lyrics really hit home:

The moment I let go of it was the moment
I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down

How 'bout no longer being masochistic
How 'bout remembering your divinity
How 'bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How 'bout not equating death with stopping

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

The "thank you" segment at the end of the song is slightly different than the beginning, and it's important to notice the differences:

Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence

That's a really, really beautiful song.

Listening to this song today reminded of a discussion I had with my yoga instructor. At one time she thought it was very important to go to India to study with BKS Iyengar, and so she did that, several times. I lost touch with her for a while, and during this time she had a severe illness, and a very long recovery period. When I got back into yoga and spoke to her after that, we talked about studying and practice. When I asked her about going to India, she said there was no need to go to India any more, and smiled.

Thank you, and Namaste.

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