Another night and the clock is rapidly approaching 10:30. Nearly a year ago when I started this blog, I promised myself one entry per day, sometime between midnight and 11:59 p.m. The minutes on the clock are dwindling down to my self-imposed deadline, and I sit here with an empty brain. An empty brain is good when you’re trying to fall asleep, which is what I should be doing. An empty brain is a bad thing, however, when you’re 1.5 hours from your writing deadline and no inspiration has arrived all day. Some days, it’s simply a struggle to get through. On those days, when I should be writing, I want nothing more than sleep. Today is one of those days.
To ensure that I get some sleep tonight, I’m going to go back to my mindset 1.5 hours when I was in yoga class. At the end of this coming January, I will have completed my fourth year as a practicing yogi. Hard to believe that four years ago I was so afraid to attempt yoga that I made my sister come with me to my first class. True story. Now, I can’t imagine going through the rest of my days without it. It’s not just exercise. It’s a metaphor for my life. I’m flexible and can bend over backwards, but I’m still not open. I’m strong and can stand on my head if I set my mind to it, but some days I am incredibly off balance. Yoga helps me find the peace I lack.
As I was cleaning up after class tonight, my mind was racing through the valuable life lessons yoga has taught me. So, I think I will share those tidbits here because…well, I need something to write about.
Ten Things Yoga Continues To Teach Me About Life (and trust me…I need the frequent reminders)
- The most important thing is to show up.
- When something doesn’t feel quite right, don’t force it. You’ll only end up hurt.
- Everyone is wrapped up in their own world. No one is paying attention to you, so let go and be free of ego.
- When things get tough, just breathe.
- We all have our struggles and our gifts. Mind your own.
- Try something new. It might not be your thing or it could be your new favorite thing. You’ll never know until you try.
- If something doesn’t serve you, let it go. No sense in lugging around worthless baggage.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself. Instead of criticizing yourself for what you can’t do, be grateful for all that you can.
- Discomfort is okay. Acknowledge it and let it go. It’s in discomfort that you find opportunity for growth.
- Wherever you are, be there.