Updated: Jul 21
It only takes a reminder to breathe,
a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes
space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgement drops to a whisper and I
remember again that life isn't a relay
race; that we will all cross the finish
line; that waking up to life is what we
were born for. As many times as I
forget, catch myself charging forward
without even knowing where I'm going,
that many times I can make a choice
to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk
slowly into the mystery.
So here we are. It's Spring. I feel fairly certain that we were all hoping for this time of year to arrive. Winter in New Jersey has historically been hard with darker and colder days but particularly this one. It's like a great sigh of relief to be here and to anticipate warmer and lighter days. Doesn't the sunlight just feel so wonderful? I know we are all feeling grateful for a vaccine to protect all of us and keep each other healthy and safe. I think I may be feeling hopeful.
I have read this poem countless times lately and in my classes. I hear myself silently reciting it in my head. But isn't it so darn true? How many times do you catch yourself just moving ahead to the next thing....planning, organizing, rushing your way through the day? I often wonder where is everyone rushing ahead to? This poem speaks volumes to this question. The practices of yoga and mediation remind us again and again to slow down and cultivate an open hearted presence in our daily lives. When we slow down we notice so much more. We don't want to miss all the meaningful moments of our lives in the everyday. So walk slowly.
PS: The Yoga Pagoda reopened last week for a couple classes. Keep an eye out for weekly pop up classes. And if you and a couple friends would like to arrange your own class time I would be happy to do that!
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