Last night, my husband and I forced ourselves to not watch TV during dinner. We don't have kids and it's easy to mingle with our dinner plates to the TV room for a couple hours of Netflix. We know we shouldn't do this, that it's a waste of time, and we normally feel pretty crappy about ourselves when we look at the clock to see it's already 10 PM. Time for bed. But last night was different. By forcing ourselves to not watch TV, the evening felt longer. We both got in some reading, a little exercise, great conversations and some laughter before bed. It felt amazing, and despite how hard it was to not plop down and watch a couple shows, we were happy about the decision.
Let's cut right to the chase. Committing to an early morning practice can be tough, just like trying to stay away from the couch after a long day at work. However, if you can do it, you will find there are great benefits to an early practice that you just can't get any other time of the day! And who regrets walking out of a yoga class feeling like a badass just as the sun is rising??
Sometimes it feels like I'm floundering around, blind-folded, trying to figure out what to do, how to do it or where to go next. Sometimes I even resist doing anything for fear of failing, or not meeting the glorified expectation I've created in my futuristic mind.
Through the practice of yoga, I am learning something profound. It is in the moments of stumbling we can find our way. Practicing yoga and the repetition of moving in sync with our breath creates awareness for this to happen. Taking face-plants reminds us that we can stand up. Breathing on purpose reminds us that we are in control.
Yoga helps us recognize the part of ourself that gets hidden under our job, the business of life, responsibilities and obilgations. The practice of looking within....even just with a simple pause during a busy day, can transform a moment of floundering into a moment of freedom.
Close your eyes randomly in the middle of the day (unless you're driving or standing in the middle of a road, ha!), and notice if you can hear your heartbeat surrounded by the commotion of life. Keep your eyes closed and notice if you become afraid of the darkness. If the darkness is uncomfortable, keep your eyes closed, hold onto that discomfort a little longer. Let it settle away and soften. Break the pattern. Stumble, fall...recognize what happens on the way down? Now, can you rise up grasping something far more powerful?
Hello, I'm Julie.
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