This week in our Yoga classes (the ones I teach LOL), we are focusing on the concept of "Tending". It started on Monday when I was doing my housework, which to be honest I'm not really a fan of.... and a little thought surfaced as I vacuumed and puffed pillows. And it was this, the feeling of 'tending to my home', feels SO MUCH nicer than 'doing my housework'. And so as I worked my way around my living room, I started to get really into this 'tending' business. And it shifted something in me, because as we know, words matter.
I looked up the definition of 'tend' and it said:
To stretch ones self toward
To pay attention to
To apply oneself
And that made so much sense! So to tend to our lives is for me to focus on the small things. To pay attention and stretch toward a living room that has an inviting feeling, to return a few emails that were lingering in my mind and taking up space, to book myself in for x appointment, to look after myself during my asana practice.
During class it can look like:
Noticing when I sit, that sometimes my left knee needs support and putting a block under it
In Savasana making sure my t shirt is tucked in and I'm not lying on a fold
Looking after my shoulder which lately is feeling a bit sore.
Outside class it can look like:
Arriving a few minutes early (makes a huge difference as I'm one of those people that thinks it takes 20 mins to get anywhere in Sydney!!!)
Going to bed at 9 (yep, really I have done a few nights of this lately)
Tidying loose ends up.
As Adrienne Maree Brown writes "what we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system". Oh how the little details matter!