When I make it onto my yoga mat, it’s an opportunity for me to connect to myself. Firstly through, my breath… with every inhale, and exhale I feel myself arrive… my body, mind and spirit join together. Sometimes it can be the first time that day, that I am truly present in the moment.
Recently my body has been feeling pretty tired, so naturally I have wanted to do a gentle practice; a few postures, and a bit of stretching to get my body moving and work out any creases. A lot of pranayama (breath work) and always a little mediation and relaxation at the end.
Do you ever have a day, where you realise your attitude has just been bad? It’s not that the whole day has been awful, however, no matter what good things have happened, your focus has been on all the negative stuff, and that has tainted everything else you’ve tried to do. Well, what if we could use gratitude to fix a bad attitude, and what impact would that have on the rest of your day?
I think ‘attitude’ plays a big part in what comes our way, and whether we have a successful day or not. Bad things happen to all of us at some point or another, but it’s how we choose to respond to them that is key. You’ve heard the theory that ‘like attracts like’, so if we transmit a positive attitude are we more likely to have positive and good things happen to us?
Isn’t learning to let go, one of life’s hardest lessons? When something is making me unhappy or making me feel uncomfortable, my natural reaction is to actively make some changes rather than sit with the discomfort. However if you read the post on longing to be a mother again you will understand that there are some situations in life, where things are completely out of our control. Of course we have to learn how to to let go with grace… but how do you even start to do that, and what things can help along the way?
Recently I haven’t been making it onto my yoga mat.
Yesterday morning however, I made the space and time, and got myself on my mat. My energy levels are very low at the moment, I’m getting over a cold, and a few other factors are playing their part too. I did a gentle 40 minute practice of simple stretches, a relaxation, and a meditation. Just really familarising myself with my body again after my little break.
It was like someone had pushed my reset button. It felt so good to be stretching and moving. I was suddenly aware of how much tension had crept into my body over the last few weeks. Gradually during the practice, through my breath and my movements, I can begin to release it. My shoulders drop, my hands soften, my jaw relaxes and everything that has been bothering me fades away and it all begins to feel better. I become aware of the breath moving in and out of my body, as my belly softens. The inhale and exhale gradually becoming slower and deeper. With every conscious breath I feel more like myself.
When life gets hard, something I find to be helpful is writing my thoughts down. It sounds so simple to do, but it can be so cathartic.
More and more I find writing to be like a meditation, a chance to deeply tune into one aspect of my life. Sometimes my head can be quite full, and writing is a good way for me to order my thoughts and sift through them. If the same thing keeps bobbing to the surface even amongst the calm, if something is niggling away at me then I know it is time to address it.