I’ve taken a yoga class on Monday morning for years. Sometimes I really have to force myself to go. There are mornings when even sorting laundry looks attractive. I always enjoy it when I do make it, but it’s actually physically pretty hard work and sometimes on Mondays I just want to stay home and sort out the house after the weekend.
Today though it was a really great class. My teacher was focusing on the whole idea that yoga is about making space to look inwards and find yourself and that it is about experiencing life now.
This really hit home with me. I don’t know about you, but I spend my life trying to cram as much into every day as I possibly can. Mrs Multitasking – that’s me.
I can’t tell you how hard I find it to still my brain. We sit in class for about 15 minutes quietly concentrating on our breathing and I do everything from planning dinners for the week to working out what I’m going to do in the garden when I get home to trying to work out how to improve my relationship with my teenage daughter. Just occasionally I actually get it. This morning was one of those times. I actually managed to throw all unnecessary thoughts to the winds and empty my mind. The sense of calm was incredible. I wish I could do it every day. I’m certainly going to try as it really alters the whole perspective of my day. For the better.
Yoga is about focusing our energy on what we are doing right now. Not thinking forwards and planning what we are having for lunch or doing this afternoon. It’s about feeling the touch of the keyboard as I type this. Or stopping to listen to the birdsong and the car driving along the road behind my house. The effect of this being in the present is that our energy and attention are focused on what is happening now – 100% focused, which means of course that we experience now more intensely.
I’m taking this thought into the week with me. It fits right together with slowing down and simplifying my life, which I’ve been trying to focus on for ages. It goes along with my wish to slow down and smell the roses. Tomorrow will come and things will get done, maybe a little more slowly, but maybe also with a little more enjoyment. And a whole lot less stress….