Inner silence promotes clarity of mind; It makes us value the inner world; It trains us to go inside to the source of peace and inspiration when we are faced with problems and challenges. - Deepak Chopra
It has been a very challenging week and on top of it all it ended with something that caught me off guard and left me unsettled and questioning direction.
I've practiced asana diligently for a long time and it has taught me much. Through holding my body in ways that physically took me to my edge or felt impossible at first, I learned to hold with strength or let go with flexibility my emotions too. So as I struggled last night, I committed to myself to make it to the mat today. I teach at least 15 classes a week so I have to be diligent and accountable to create that time for myself.
What came to me today as I practiced is it is time to get still...to be quiet and simply wait. So if you find me more quiet this week that is why. We leak energy right and left with our words and nervousness. And, one thing yoga teaches is we can patch up those leaks through brahmacharya. In this case, I am speaking of energy control in right use of words or simply remaining quiet.
In this picture, I am in an asana deep enough to trap my attention. I had to be creative to bind myself and then focus to engage in certain places and release in others. This sort of practice leads me to a deep inner quiet. .
I end today much more at peace than yesterday. I am thankful for the many tools of yoga that got me here.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu