Those rushed moments of our lives....where we reach forward constantly for the Next thing, the next breath, the next thought, the next words, the next movements..rob us of witnessing the listening to the sacred intelligence that exists within us.
This has been the theme this week and last in class ~ the transitional moments, between poses, breaths, bones, words, thoughts. How do we rush and speed up? Where do we resist? Because it feels that there's a lot of us currently in some form of transition. We all are really, in every moment, becoming and transforming into a different version of ourselves, both biologically and spiritually. Being carried across to the next opening or expansion.
And again the Ancient texts give us the guidance we need to create the state of mind we need to access that place of quiet and peace. The breath. ( amongst others)
A steady slow, long exhale, leading us to cultivate a state of meditation and bringing coherence. And with practice, this state becomes your actual state of being, guiding you through all the transitions of life, as they come your way.
Take one now. A long slow steady deep breath in, and a long slower steady easeful breath out. There feel, that.
I've been feeling the transition myself, coming off the end of another 40 Day Sadhana with my mentor, the challenge was not judging what I saw as a failure, but to surrender enough to now be in this moment of Flow State, where as Elena Brower says above, I can see that those challenges, those hardships and heartaches were actually bringing me to this expansive state that I am in now.
They were preparing me, opening me up, getting me quiet enough to listen that body intelligence that's right there, within us.
To allow things to move through me.
The processes that have facilitated this transition and transformation are laid out clearly in the Sutras. Sutra 1.32-1.40. And involve the following, of which I have been practicing and even including some of my classes:
1. Cultivating a steady and equanimous state of mind by cultivating attitudes of compassion and love and enjoyment towards people are exhibiting these qualities, towards those ( including myself )that are experiencing suffering, towards those that experiencing success and towards those people that might also be the bearer of grief or sorrow to others or you.
2. By working with lengthening the exhale and even retaining the breath at the end of the exhale.
3. By Focussing on inner and subtle sensations, how things move through you.
4. Spending more time in Yoga Nidra.
If you're feeling the rushness of a transition in your life, if you feel yourself hurtling towards something or even feeling yourself pulling back and resisting a transition, try out one the things above. Start where you are and breathe. Long, Slow, Deep breaths out and linger at the bottom of the breath. And just notice. Observe what happens. How life might flow a little differently through you now.
Go steady and be at peace.
I'm a Yogi, tea-lover, wanderluster, truth seeker.