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This statement is what came up for me after my morning yoga/breath/meditation practice. I’ve been allowing the pace and flow of it to change: to slow down and to take up more space in my morning routine. After years of fast-paced practice with an urgency and an attitude of “bigger, faster, stronger”, I am embracing the other side (and what my Inner Voice has been asking for, for a LONG time).
While it is certainly uncomfortable for my mind (wait but do these small, slow movements still count?), my body is saying one giant THANK YOU! More importantly, I am noticing a definite shift in my state of being OFF OF MY MAT in accordance with how I show up to my practice. When I move fast, get my heart racing (and my MIND racing) and say “one more! Dig deeper! Push harder” even though my body is saying “please, slow down, we’re not breathing fully, we’ve already got enough ‘fast’ in our lives” I feel that urgency for the rest of the day. It shows up as shortness and irritability with myself and with all who I come into contact with.
On the FLIP SIDE, when I ease into my practice gently, move into a pose, pause long enough to ASK my body what it needs (do you want to go deeper? Do we need to back off? How does this feel? How’s my breathing here?) with NO attachment to what that looks like, it feels INCREDIBLY light, spacious, and easeful. I can notice my thoughts and to-do-list tracking mind and LAUGH at it. I am in greater harmony within, and that translates to greater harmony without. Triggers don’t feel so triggering and love/compassion/understanding feel more accessible. All from how I show up for myself during the first hour or so of my day; it is THAT important.
Couple of things:
With love and easeful energy,
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