Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

I hope you are having a great summer so far. I’ll admit, mine has been a little all over the place, lots of highs and lots of lows and it seems to be the case for most everyone I talk to. Intensity is in the air.

In the midst of it all, the word that keeps coming up for me is trust. Trust that no matter what happens, things will work out. They always have and they always will. Maybe not in the way I want or think, but inevitably, I will grow from whatever happens. Every experience I have ever had has made me who I am. So, when life gets really intense, I put my attention towards that reminding myself the hard times are an opportunity to grow, to learn, to appreciate, to expand and to let go. All at the same time. Did I mention intense?

My yoga practice, specifically chanting, helps me when I am lacking in trust. When I chant, my mind settles, my breathe deepens and I can see more clearly. A quiet confidence settles into me and it’s the kind that permeates my whole being. With practice, I trust that I am where I need to be and trust that if I am faced with a challenge, that ‘this too shall pass.’

Going back to our theme of freedom for the month of July, with trust comes a great amount of freedom. Freedom to simply enjoy this life as it is with all the ups and downs and everything in between.