Relax your eyelids, soften the muscles of your face, forehead and neck. Allow a breath to come in through your nose and release it gently out the mouth. Let a small smile appear on your lips.
“How you do anything is how you do everything”
This is not meant to be a riddle or an etherial concept that is only to be understood by the enlightened. What I am talking about is your attention and how you spend that most valuable commodity. As a person who has experienced more than her share of anxiety, over planning and generally working out all possible situations before they happen, let me explain a bit. How do you stand in a long line at the Food Lion? How do you deal with a difficult situation at work or home? How does a health challenge make you feel? Softening and listening and relaxing will help you handle any given situation, even the most challenging and upsetting.
“Don’t get wet before it rains”
Another phrase meant to confuse? Not at all…in fact, think about how many times we spend energy in worry, fear and anxiety about a possible outcome and that outcome never happens. Should you throw caution to the wind and allow what ever happens just to happen? Absolutely not, in fact, planning, preparation and practice are a large part of creating success in our lives and feeling accomplished and enjoying those accomplishments. The fact is there is a fine line, a balancing act, that we all experience within our daily lives and for my students, in their yoga practice. Knowing just when to extend yourself and find the your personal edge in a posture and when to allow simple release of a posture is a valuable way to gauge how you are handling life’s ups and downs. I teach in a way that respects different bodies and works with all abilities and so in any given class you will have the opportunity to explore multiple versions of a physical pose, my question is why do you choose what you choose? If you know that you have been fighting a cold and need to dial back the physical and slow down, why push into a harder place? If you have been working at your desk or driving a long distance, maybe allowing a bit more joyful movement and challenge could help the body feel more alive and well. But the choice is yours…every time. The more we practice this call and response, this question and answer in the physical, the emotional and the spiritual, the more we learn to trust and have faith in the future as a place of joy and not a place where all of our worst fears come true. Because really, you do not need to get wet before it rains and when it does rain and when it does pour, you will be practiced in allowing things to happen in a way that is full of grace and ease.
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