Woke with the minor aches and pains that come with moving a household. The cabin is accessed via a fern-lined trail through the woods. Borrowed my landlady’s wheelbarrow to cart my stuff up the slope, and hauled everything up the porch stairs. My first waking thought was “Wood thrush is singing again”. The second was “Gotta do yoga”. The third was “Gotta share this view!”
Finding yoga 15+ years ago was like catching hold of a life raft when I was weary from treading water. Transitioning from being married to divorced, single parent. From supervising an international marketing department to self-employed martial arts teacher and massage therapist (and eventually to yoga teacher). From moving from an island (literally) with asphalt for a front yard, to life in a kid-friendly, artsy village. My ex moved a few blocks away, allowing our son to spend time with both parents as often as he wished. Making those transitions was incredibly hard at the time, but the calling towards a simpler life was as relentless as a Red-eyed vireo.
The catalyst that prompted these changes was yoga. My first yoga teacher advised us to “Go home and meditate. Sit for 5 minutes. Notice what happens.” I went home that night, set the egg timer for exactly 5 minutes, closed my eyes, and started sobbing. Forcing myself to sit still for the first time since childhood allowed my busyness to cease and I realized just how exhausted I had been. For years.
Today, I practiced my Sun and Moon Salutation, added a few twists, and had just reclined for Savasana when I heard the sweet song of a Hooded Warbler. The yogini in me was beat out by the birder in me as I picked up the binoculars to view this brilliant yellow and black singer. But the lesson remains . . . make time to sit still. To relax. To reevaluate. To renew.
Think: When was the last time you sat still? What might happen if you choose to “do nothing?” How do you renew your Self?
Say: Your inner voice is calling you towards health. Write down the message you hear. Say it out loud.
Do: Commit to sitting still for 5 minutes a day or longer. Notice what happens.