that’s not the way i look at things. i’ve decided to not discount anything that i can’t undeniably prove to be false. that leaves a lot of stuff out there up for grabs. and i’m oftentimes excited and elated about it all.
i have a beautiful yoga practice. my husband jokingly warns that it may be an addiction. i practice at my neighborhood studio four or five times a week. he says that i have an addictive personality and it could be unhealthy to go so often. i know that yoga has allowed me to see many obstacles and become open.
here is my understanding, so far, of what yoga has done for me:
- allows an awareness of my physical body, how it moves, when it needs rest, when it needs exercise and what energy level i’m dealing with at any given moment.
- walking into yoga with the stresses of every day life and walking out after savasana (corpse pose), enjoying and being grateful for the release of that accumulated anxiety, confusion, fear, fogginess, anger, dismay, despair all wrapped up in tight little packages around my scalp, neck and shoulders.
- given me the privilege of being in the moment, focused on my breath, and moving limbs and torso with that breath through a series of beautifully poetic asanas (poses) that come in so many variations and combinations that it’s awe inspiring.
- offers an understanding that i am not my thoughts. that i am a divine being.
- that the breath is everything. that to bring my attention to the breath is to be in the present moment which is all there ever is anyway.
- naturally creates an awareness of what i put into my mouth, making the decision to eat healthy, limit my weight, and take care of myself from a physical standpoint as well as spiritual.
- produces a calm that emanates from within and gives me the opportunity to see things as they are, and not how i fear or wish they might be.
- with that internal calm comes an ability to choose more wisely and with more intention, which brings peace and assurance in any situation.
- with the practice of meditation, no longer is there a need or urge to argue an opinion or deeply held belief because all things are subject to change and creating turmoil over an opinion or belief is a waste of time and energy.
- understanding that we are all one in this vast universe that we have all manifested, that we create how we live and what we live through. that we are one living, breathing organism and it takes all living creatures living in harmony to create heaven on earth.
- i see spiritual solutions now more often than selfish ones.
i could go on and on.
toward the end of our yoga class not long ago, we were meditating, taking in long, slow, deliberate breaths. my favorite instructor has taught me many ways to live and find my true self and this day was no exception. as we breathed in love and breathed out fear, she said “drink it in with your breath” and i did.