You guys, I’m going to be honest. At least four days out of the week, I feel like my mind may explode with all the Stuff with capital “S” that’s in there. Oh. My. Gosh. It’s currently spilling over with ideas for our yoga trainings and next retreat, imagining how to turn our backyard into a mini oasis, thinking about where to board the dogs when we go to Maryland, when my next dental cleaning is… see what I mean?
This is why I practice yoga. And, judging from the comments in our Yoga Dears Facebook Group, it’s why a lot of you practice, too. To calm the monkey mind (that chitta vritti), to practice mindfulness and focus, to ease the tension that creeps up in our bodies as a result of all that thinking and storing of information. Gah! This is also one of the reasons why I never go anywhere without a journal and my Evernote app...
But, can I take this thought a bit deeper? Yoga for me started as a form of physical exercise, and a way to calm my ever-rising anxiety as a result of all that commotion in my head, and totally still is. But, now? Yoga ensures that I come back to my “main thing.” That I keep my priorities, what’s of utmost significance to ME, at the top of mind, and to let the other things go.
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” - Stephen Covey
So often, we are scheduling everything except our priorities. We give our attention to other things, rather than our main thing. We forget or put aside what’s truly important to us, instead of honoring those first. Why do we do this? I think sometimes it's because we lose track of what they are...What is your “main thing?” And, it’s okay to have a few in different facets of your life. Mine?
- Spirituality. Every day, I set aside time to meditate, to breathe, and to write whatever is on my mind. It’s my connection to spirit and to myself, which are deeply intertwined.
- Well-being. My body craves yoga, walks, and acupuncture. It deserves good nutrition. I take my time with these and they all make it on the calendar.
- Yoga as healing. There are so many paths I could take with this little studio, but I always come back to the fact that this place is for healing and for connection. Yoga is a profound way to deeply heal your mind, your body, your connection with all beings. And, Yoga Dear will always honor that.
- Slowing down for my relationships. Eugene & I set aside time for meals together every week. I have brunch clubs with my gal pals (hey, can we schedule the next one please?). I’d rather be lost in deep conversation with my dearest ones than scrolling through my phone.
What about you? What’s your “main thing?” Take some time to jot one or four down today. Stick them on your fridge or bathroom mirror. Affirm them in meditation and in your yoga practice. Your main thing will always guide you back to the right place. For me, it’s the ultimate way to bring peace and to calm all my crazy monkeys.
Can’t wait to hear from you.