I think I struck a chord on Saturday. Really. If you’ve been in recent classes or read last week’s letter, you know I’ve been talking about suffering, specifically moving too darn fast through life. Not the eeeeeasiest thing to chat about on a Saturday morning...
But, I felt pulled to share one of the root causes of suffering according to the Yoga Sutras - avidya. Avidya means ignorance, literally ignoring one’s true nature. And my friend, your true nature is peaceful and loving and unchanging. It is for all of us. We just forget about it sometimes and we get uncomfortable being still with ourselves, so we fill up our calendars and lives and spaces with STUFF. Yes?
That morning, during our Slow Flow practice, I felt a collective sigh move through the room during this conversation about our "busy" lives. I know how hard it is to slow the heck down. Trust me. Eugene says that I have “no chill” sometimes. But, judging from the movement on the mat, the focus of the breath, the tears in some eyes, we all needed this time to heal and to just be. To be present. To be silent. To be contemplative. To be in our bodies on our individual mats. And, to release. To release the day before and to not worry about what is coming tomorrow. It was so incredible to be in the presence of a shift in mentality and of spirit this weekend.
So, as a yoga teacher when these things happen, I start to dig and ponder some more. As I’m reflecting on this weekend, on my life and what may be going on in your life, too, I realized that getting grounded may be exactly what we need.
What the heck is grounding? Well, grounding helps us to strengthen our mental, emotional, and physical foundation. It’s a form of healing, of restoring our depleted energy. You may have heard me talk about the chakras? Yep, it’s the very first one. How do you know if you need some extra love in this department? You may be feel:
- Anxiety or fear
- Restless and unable to sit still
- The constant urge to work or check your phone or do something...anything
- Resistance to change
How do we focus on our own healing again? How do we get grounded? Oh, you guys, I have some ideas. First, I mean...yoga. Yoga and meditation (literally sitting on the floor) can connect you to your roots. Take five minutes to breath deeply. To pause. Get in nature and put your hands in the dirt. Go for a long walk. Carve a pumpkin; plant some of those pretty fall mums. Practice savasana. And, I know for some of y’all it’s your favorite pose. ;)
After a regular practice of grounding, you’ll start to feel comfortable in your body, stable, safe, healthy, confident, okay with stillness, and presence for this moment. I’ll leave you with this thought from an unknown source:
In most cases the Universe does not allow us to move forward until we honor where we are right now.
Could a disconnection with your body, with your foundation be causing you to feel unbalanced? Could moving so fast through life without a clear sense of direction and meaning be the cause of your anxiety? Stress? Confusion? If so, it's oh so hard to move through it without honoring and healing with grounding. Please write and tell me what you think. I love hearing from you.