Happy middle-ish of the month!
With the longer days and higher energy of spring, I find myself getting caught up in the quickening of the season. I am scheduling more, moving faster and taking less and less time for myself and for turning in. Oops.
I have noticed that I seem to be moving from one thing to the next with practically no down time. As a result, I find myself unable to fully focus on what I am doing and I end up feeling fatigued and anxious at the end of the day.
I am reminded of this quote from Ganga White, “Yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time.” When I find myself thinking or saying, “I don’t have time to do yoga or meditate”, I stop what I am doing, take a few deep breaths with the following words for each breath: I am here. I am now. I am breathing. It helps me to re-center, calm down and re-focus my energy on what I am doing instead of my mind moving into the future with all that needs to be done.
Funny how the faster I move, the more mistakes I tend to make. And the more mistakes I make, the more often I have to re-do what I was doing which means going faster actually takes me longer. Ugh.
Time is what we perceive it to be. The faster we move, the faster time seems to move. The slower we move, the slower time seems to move. Fascinating. And true. Yoga gives us time. It encourages us to breathe deeply with complete attention as we move and transition or as we sit and relax to settle the mind. With practice we are better able to see what comes at us with full awareness and make the choice that is the most appropriate for the situation. Therefore feeling as if time has slowed down.
After all these years, I am still practicing and noticing and changing and growing. I am so grateful for the gift of yoga to keep me here and present. Practicing. One breath at a time.
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With infinite love and gratitude…