Good things often come to my mind in the first few minutes of a yoga class. I absolutely love setting my intention for class. Meaning: I love thinking of a theme or goal or prayer or brief thought of gratitude that will be my mantra and focus during class. Settling into myself – away from all that *life* brings – often ushers in such joy and clarity. Today the first thing that popped into my head was the idea of self-love and self-acceptance.
Before yoga class I was reading the words of the Dalai Lama – on how we should focus on the heart work, not the mind work. Focusing on the heart, instead of focusing on the mind and body, might just be very much what many of us need.
We are constantly reminded that We. Are. Not. Good. Enough. But the truth is that we are amazing and beautiful exactly as we are. Sometimes I feel this and know this deeply. Most of the time, though, I am in striving mode.
So tonight – a meditation on self-love and self-acceptance, it was. 90 minutes of heat, sweat, movement, grace, flow, yoga. And meditating on self-love and self-acceptance. The present-me. Now-me. For some reason as I was embracing the ideals of self love and self acceptance I started thinking about the idea of slowing down from such a hectic fast pace of life. Try it. Just slow your breathing down and focus on slowing down your breath for a few minutes. It puts you in a totally different rhythm and state of mind.
All very very good things. For each breath I took in and each breath that went out during yoga, I consciously focused on the rhythm of my breath and slowing down my mind and body to a pace that felt comfortable, a pace that worked for me. Just me. What a gift a good yoga class like that can be. Awakening, strengthening. Rejuvenating. Bliss.
This blog post came to being in yoga class today. It’s been so long since I have written here. I have been so crazy busy and when not so crazy busy I am often so crazy tired. The being a working-mom-of-3 can be such a grind! Which means – I need to take time for more yoga 🙂
So today I decided to begin my own personal 30-Day-Yoga-Challenge (inspired by a friend who did it himself). I already know it won’t happen – with three kids and a busy husband with lives of their own, there is no way I can get to yoga every day for 30 days. But I’ll try my best. I’ll hopefully update my blog every day to give you an update on how I’m doing.
Hopefully it won’t take several months before the itch to write returns.