Today is a new day. I love that the sunrise and sunset will be different today then it was yesterday. The flowers and trees are growing new buds, blooming, and changing colors each day. My beautiful pink dogwood tree has gone from bright fuchsia fading into a soft pink, in just a few days. Today, I am different than yesterday, and so are you. The only thing that is constant is change ~Heraclitus
I certainly did not expect to be where we are today, sadly unable to connect in person at Radiance or Ease Yoga Studios for class. I was excited about expanding my yoga teaching journey and the Spring/Summer offerings I had planned including workshops, and day retreats. Seems we are navigating uncharted territory for the unseen future.
The words change and awakening, keep repeating in my mind. Right now we are collectively “changing and being changed”. In some cases to protect ourselves and others from getting sick, save our life, or our livelihood. Perhaps, how to use the dishwasher, or work from home tactics, and new ways of communicating. What likely has not changed is our capacity to adapt gracefully or not so gracefully. In my experience, we can’t choose what might happen to us, but we can choose how we handle it, including ways that support us and being willing to ask for help.
My hope is that you have been practicing yoga at home and finding other resources to keep you supported and connected. For almost 20 years, yoga has been one of my go-to’s when I feel resistant to change. To include, asanas (physical poses),meditation, which can be as simple as sitting quietly, closing your eyes, being aware of your breath while listening to the birds in the morning before moving into your daily routine, and pranayama (breath).
“We practice for the JOY of setting aside the demands of daily life to learn more
about peace and the art of being”. ~Mary Dunn
Awakening is “coming into awareness or an act of waking from sleep”. We are all awakening to new ways of being in the world, in our families, in our jobs, in our houses or neighborhoods. Maybe how we see and treat people. Finding new or deeper ways of listening, praying, loving, caring, creating, exercising, and using nature as a healing tool will help us adapt and recover. Simply having the time to linger in bed in the quiet mornings and listening to the birds chirping and singing has been uplifting for me. We may all be awakening and changing for the better.
What are you doing differently to support your self-care?
Write down a few of the ways you are changing and awakening during this time. Let these continue to support you during stressful and changing times.
Please join me on the mat soon for weekly zoom classes, Mondays 9:30 am and Fridays 11:00 am. I would love to help support you and stay connected.
Be well and healthy!
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