It was an unthinkable predicament…. 12 boys aged 11-16, many unable to swim, were trapped with their assistant coach of their Wild Boars soccer team 2.5 miles inside a flooded cave in Thailand’s northern jungle. When first confronted with their plight, Captain Wuttchai of the Thai Navy Seal’s unit on the scene, was blunt: “I think rescue is near impossible.”
These were the words I heard on my way to yoga on the first day of my new adventure as an independent rabbi (having completely my tenure with my congregation the Friday before). Yet, when I walked into my yoga class, my teacher’s opening words were: “Anything is possible.” In her dharma talk, she continued, “Let this practice of yoga inspire you, let is allow you to uncover your fears and hesitations, your doubts and worries so you can grow and move past them and move toward new possibilities.”
As Patanjali says in the Yoga Sutras, “When you are inspired by some great purpose, all of your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.”
How true this was for Thai rescue team and for the rest of the world who were riveted by their plight and rooting for their safe rescue. Over 1000 divers and rescue workers put aside any conventional wisdom and embarked on a mission that defied the odds. And let this be true for us… let those those words, anything is possible continue to ring in our ears as we become more open to the potential and possibilities for living a life in which anything and everything is possible!