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 am still on my way back to Orlando.  Right now I am somewhere in a giant tube with wings over the seas of the Pacific.  I am still on this kick of gratitude.  I am pretty tired, but extremely grateful.

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.