What is Yoga 308
Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Day 256 - Still Flying with Gratitude
I have had so many conversations with people stating what they are missing in their life. Things like "I would do yoga if I had more time / money." "If I could get this new job..." "If I moved to California..." So many of our lives (mine included) are geared towards what we do not have.
I spent the last 11 mornings meditating. Part of the meditation was to focus on what it was we were grateful for. It helped open up so much inside of me. I of course brought up the usual thoughts of my family, friends, and my happy dog. The one thing that I continued to go back to was how I was thankful to be able to sit and meditate in this moment. It was easy to do out next to the ocean with a cool breeze, but what I have noticed is I have brought this gratitude with me.
As I sit on this plane I am grateful that I am able to sit here. I am grateful for the technology that made it possible to take aluminum and make it fly across oceans. I am grateful that a stewardess is feeding me. I am grateful that there is food in front of me. I am grateful for the music I am listening to while typing out my thoughts on a computer flying over the Pacific. I am grateful for path that has put me here.
So many times I get caught up on the past and the "mistakes" I have made. I become harsh on myself. I also worry about these mistakes and fear repeating them in the future. I do not stop and give gratitude for these "mistakes". Without these "mistakes" I would not learn how to grow into the person I am today
There is only so much room in my body to take on thoughts and emotions. If I do not take on these emotions and thoughts they continue to store in my body. As I continue to do the asanas (postures) in my yoga practice I am releasing more and more emotions. My ultimate goal is to let emotions and thoughts move freely through my body. I do not have to beat myself for mistakes in the past. I do not have to fear the future. I can sit and find something to be grateful for in that situation.
My body is feeling the lack of yoga. I am hoping when I get home to stay awake and do some gentle stretching.