Just one breath.
This is the practice that helped me when my mother passed away, quickly. I'm not ready to write about it in detail, but it was certainly a helpful practice which took from from contraction to well....a bit more spaciousness in my belly and my breath.
This is the practice that I carry with me, when "stuff" is happening in my world, which is your world.
This is the very simple practice that creates space. When we have a sense of spaciousness in our breath, we can have space in our responses to the world. Stephen Covey, who wrote the gem of a book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, talked about this space in between stimulus and response. I've kind of been a bit fascinated with this every since, yes, there is space.
Desikachar also wrote about there usually being enough space between what is happening and our response to it to take at least one full breath. I think he's spot on!
Anyway, a few years ago, I wrote this out on a little card and handed it to the students in my Yoga class. The little piece of card read "Just one breath". What surprises me and makes me so glad, is that many of my students still have that card. One carries it in her wallet and one has it on her fridge.
Its a really simple practice and it can change your response, your interactions with others and gives you time, just enough time to drop in to your centre, to soften, to really get into a space of E A S E.
And from that place, well, good things can happen.
Recently I had an article published on a website published http://www.teach.yoga for Yoga Teachers by Elena Brower and her friend and colleague Michelle Martello.
Its a giving back that she and Michelle are offering, a home for yoga teachers, by yoga teachers, about .... you guessed it, mostly Yoga!
I follow Elena on Instagram and Facebook, so when she began posting on social media about this project I started to follow the Teach.Yoga Instagram page.
Elena did a shout out, asking for small written submissions from Yoga teachers on your "Sacred Space". 300 words. Hmmm. Seemed achievable..... until I started typing. I finished but I must have rewritten that article half a dozen times and doubted myself more than double that!
Finally I had my piece ready. Inhaling, I got ready, pushed the "send" button. Big exhale.
I'm not a writer, well, I write but I'm still learning to improve this skill. Its a practice let me tell you! Its fun. Its hard. Its rewarding. Its all of it!
I'm a beginner again. And thats a good thing.
If your interested in reading it, here it is: http://www.teachyoga.com/author/saraspitzer
Until next we meet.