Whatever happens during the day, I’m the only one to decide whether to be happy or unhappy. No matter the situation, it is the way we react to it that is the key. Don’t blame anyone or anything for what you feel or think, as you can be the master of your own mind if you choose to.
“When you let go of the belief that you should or need to know who you are, what happens to confusion? Suddenly it is gone. When you fully accept that you don’t know, you actually enter a state of peace and clarity that is closer to who you truly are than thought could ever be. Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself.”—Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (via dharmachick)
Today, for the first time, I spent an hour in a big hot yoga studio alone. I am fortunate to practice at this wonderful studio almost daily, but have always been there either as student or teacher, the room filled with bodies and souls.
Alone, I started my practice slowly, tentatively, almost self-consciously. Gradually, my movements became bigger, my breaths deeper, filling up the space. Soon I was creating new sequences, changing up rhythms, almost dancing; taking risks, falling over, laughing, getting up and doing it again. I felt like fantastic, playing like a kid, sweat dripping. To mash up that well-worn phrase, I was doing yoga like no one was watching.
Isn’t that what we who practice yoga aspire to—our own practice on our own mat? Yes, I know, easier said than done. Now I want to seek out that freedom and playfulness again—in solo practice, in class, or (gasp) even off the mat.
Life has thrown me some challenges lately, and I realize I have allowed myself to shrink inward. I have become more self-conscious and cautious, not wanting to fall on my face or be hurt again. My challenge is to push past those self-imposed boundaries in my practice and in my life. With a smile. This solo blog is a first step.