Updated: Jul 20, 2020
Hello yoga friends!
I hope you are healthy and well! I miss you dearly and I look forward to the time when we can move together in person again. In the meantime, I'm teaching some fun Zoom yoga classes coming up (see below!), and even though it's different, we can still experience mindfulness, compassion, and movement together as a community.
To be real for a sec: this past week, the pandemic, the upcoming election news cycle, and cancelled summer/autumn plans, got me right in the feels. Fear, anger, sadness, uncertainty; all those delightful feelings that can hijack my productivity and enjoyment of life, and get me caught in a mind-spin.
Nobody wants to feel that way (I hope?). So how do we navigate these feelings while still acknowledging that yes, things are hard right now? My tendency is to want/expect the world to fix itself so I won't feel icky, which is futile at best, so naturally, that doesn't help. (It's also self-centered, or at least, silly, because that implies the world should revolve around my happiness.)
So I'm trying a Kripalu trick from my yoga teacher training days to help bring myself back to earth, grounded and solid, like mountain pose.
And that is to remember:
1. That it is totally okay to feel things (after all, #feelingsarecool is a Wind Rose Yoga value)
3. ...AND our collective wellbeing is the priority, and we can breathe, relax, feel, watch, and allow those feelings to move through us, rather than push us over.
Encouraging myself/ourselves to feel into what arises in the moment gives us insight into the source and shape of those emotions, and to view them with compassion and understanding, rather than "I'm such a jerkface for wanting to go camping with friends." Thinking I'm/you're a jerkface doesn't help me/you (or others, for that matter). Using the information gained from my/our BRFWA observations to chart a different course, however, just may.
Here are some things that I've been using to help me BRFWA my way towards ease and grace recently:
Love and gratitude,