Six words that can give varied answers:
I’m on my mat in the studio.
I’m dealing with some issues right now.
I’m doing my Dog.
I haven’t done yoga in months.
One hour and I can do my errands.
I’m a beginner.
Dang! I don’t have my balance and I keep falling.
I wonder what she’ll have us do today.
I can’t do it!
When in truth, the only answer we need to have is…
I am here.
I am here, both mind and body.
In the now.
And in peace.
Or something close to that expression.
I think of things we do often as a practice. Whatever it may be. Yoga, running, dance, driving to the stores, biking to work, walking the dog, cooking, showering, even sleeping. Yes, they’re all practices. Most of us come into a practice not knowing how we got there. Either out of rote or too many thoughts racing, we manifest a rather poor expression of life, of our own life, of how to live life, of how TO BE.
It doesn’t really matter what level you are at when your body and mind are not in sync. Only be in the moment given to you and experience it for what it is. Listening to the subtle cues each body part is whispering, and simply shushing that nagging fear, apprehension, doubt, where they only exist in the mind. When we allow these negativity rule over what we feel, what we sense, then you are not in your practice. You are not HeRe because your mind controls your every move. And even your breathing. Let it go. Let it be. The practice is the effort you put forth without the mind instigating a panic within. The practice is NOT whether you were able to do an L-shaped wall handstand, or springing one leg at a time handstand, or eventually do a handstand. The practice is when your heart is courageous enough to quiet the mind. The practice is when you are able to come into a pose, non-judgemental, and only feeling the sensations the pose is giving you. Accept the sensations. And you’ll be amazed how far the poses can go, how far YoU can go, how it makes you feel, tasting the edge. Even allowing yourself to get a feel of it, of how to get into the pose is amazing already. And that only happens when you trust your heart more and be at peace with yourself. Connecting the mind and body to one goal… to be here.
Something to reflect on.