Have you ever felt this way?
Busying yourself with being busy… filling your schedule with so many things that life is a constant rush, a constant appointment… not allowing time to simply stop.
Such has been the case in my life for these past few weeks. I can honestly say, that today is the first day that I am working from home and loving every minute of it. I don’t have any appointments, any places to be… no friends to meet. Having not made this time in so long, I realize how important it is, and how I need to be doing this a lot more.
I recently read a newsletter from owner at Abhyasa Yoga Center in Williamsburg, BK that totally resonated with me, and is along this same school of thought.
“If your mind is all over the place when you’re doing a simple form then, fact is, that is what is happening. Your mind is all over the place. Increased physical challenge can successfully overwhelm the senses and obscure your minds’ ruminations, as in the expression “get out of my head.” This can be enjoyable, even beneficial; however, the “high” will eventually wear off and the underlying state of anxiety remains. The cycle of distraction/ relief will need to be repeated again and again, sometimes with unintended detriment.
One of the primary stated purposes of Yoga practice is to reduce the “fluctuations” of mind so that we can have clarity in our experience. Engaging the physical forms intends to bring ourselves present, not distract us from it.
Its understandable that being present when we are filled with anxiety is not initially enjoyable but in order to begin the process of easing what ails us, we first need to acknowledge that it exists. Like a cold that lasts for months instead of a few days because its been covered up by taking nasal decongestants, we have to let ourselves feel whatever it is before we can overcome it.
By embracing what is present, even when it is unfavorable, we are in a position to develop an alternate course. Otherwise, things are likely to continue as they are despite our best efforts. Until we can be with ourselves, doing nothing, and feel relatively at ease, the chances that we will ever feel at ease when we are doing things and being with other people are very slim.
The key to cultivating a Yoga practice that is not just another distraction is the context and mentality it encompasses. For the most part, everyone is doing the same forms. How and why we are doing them is making for drastically different experiences and results.”
– J. Brown, Owner, Abhyasa Yoga Center, BK