The simplicity in just being
It often feels like my mat is this safe place for me to come to and practice my yoga. It allows me to be a little removed from my world, my day and provides a space to be mindful, present, to be completely aware of my thoughts and my reactions. And for that reason it is sometimes easier to practice on the mat and harder to continue the practice off it.
The more difficult yoga really lies off the mat, in the face of frustration, sadness, triumph & joy. It is hardest to practice in the face of a crying child, an angry boss, a pre-occupied partner. But it is in those times, that you are called to your yoga in a much deeper way; when you are called back to that space of compassion & love, when it is the furthest thing you are from. When you cannot love someone or something, can you come back and simply be love? Instead of always focusing on the act of doing, can you come back to a way of being?
So boldly take your practice out into your world, where you are most vulnerable, where the sensations & reactions are in their most authentic, raw nature; where you must embrace all that is good & all that is not, and hopefully through it come back to a way of being that is pure, untainted & deep within your heart.
I’ll leave you with a translation of an excerpt from Tao Te Ching, a classic text in Taoism.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
~ Stephen Mitchell’s translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao te Ching