When things are in a state of flux, when things are awry, upside down, inside out.
What do you feel?
What/whom/where do you turn?
Do you have any anchors you carry with you? Any little rituals that you are drawn to? Ways of being?
Patanjali who wrote the Yoga Sutra writes about two qualities we need to cultivate to ensure we are indeed practising Yoga; steadiness and ease.
I feel like anchors, or rituals can be tools used to take us close to a sense of what Patanjali wrote about in the Yoga Sutras, steadiness and ease. Not just reserved for a cute boat pose on the mat, or a Virabhadrasna 2.
What about considering that Patanjali also meant that steadiness and ease were qualities for your entire life. School pick ups, traffic jams, difficult conversations, exams, gardening, cooking! All of it.
Steadiness and ease. To put effort in, to ensure you have a sense of ease, to cultivate these two qualities any time, all the time.
When we have a sense of these two qualities, we might remember:
- Oh yes, I need to lie down, physically soften and gently breathe
- Lighting a candle reminds me to be steady like a flame
- Moving my physical body helps me to feel these qualities
- Putting a little altar beside my bed prompts me to smile
- Milk & honey, yes, nice before bed time.
Just some little thoughts.
Love to know what you think?
Today there was Yoga at the bus stop in Dee Why. Although, you walking by looking at the same thing might not call it by the name of Yoga! Hold tight and I'll explain.
A lady sitting at the bus stop caught my eye today. Really, I think I almost walked into the pole with the bus timetable on it. Duh. I was kinda mesmerised.
There sat this lady. She looked fully present. What she was wearing and I feel how she was wearing her clothes got my attention.
Because (to me) from top to toe she totally rocked her outfit.
Her hair was scooped up in a bun, a big rocking bun and front and centre was a big beautiful soft pink flower. Like I'm talking it was a BIG flower. Her clothes were an assortment of pink and white, big floaty layers of tops and a skirt. I'm not sure on the shoes, because the hair had me!
I couldn't take my eyes off her, I was even going to go say something like "your totally rocking that outfit" or "you look so amazing" or "sheeesh your really wearing your dharma" but I felt like those words would not do anyone .... any good.... insert smiley face here!
For me today, she embodied Yoga, in particular Dharma. "Better to struggle in your own dharma than to succeed in anothers" or as Joseph Campbell so eloquently wrote "You must give up the life you planned in order to live the life that is waiting for you".
I felt like that lady, wearing that outfit, was totally into what she loved and what was true for her. She looked lit up, alive, juicy, like she was
A L I V E
Not just getting by, her fire was s t o k e d !
Maybe could we put aside what others expect us to look like, how they expect us to be, or what we envisage others expect from us.
Lets dive deep into what feels true for us!
Its a feeling that we can drop into, with practice, how does this feel for me, in my body?
Does it feel true?
Where do I feel truth?
Do I feel lit up?
Do I feel like I'm stoking my fire?
Now I'm off to the hairdressers to get back to being a brunette! One small step. Yes, a kinda superficial one but hey, we are here, having this human experience and best to make it true for us.
Even if that starts at the hairdressers!