What Does Practice Mean to You?
Be there for one another, Be present
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Being present is hard work that can become easier with practice.
What do you Practice?
My question to you is: what do you practice? If you practice being angry sitting in traffic, you cultivate this anger within you. In doing so you attract more situations like being angry at traffic to yourself. Soon the anger at traffic transmutes to anger at your co-workers, your family, yourself.
When you practice breathing and being mindful of your thoughts, the same person in traffic will find opportunity to breathe, to think, the same person will find opportunity and joy in this stillness. This stillness opens up the mind to ideas, opportunities, revelations and insight, whereas the anger stops this incredible wisdom from entering the conscious mind.
So the next time that you’re sitting in traffic, or if you’re like me and travel via subway and that subway just stops, take the opportunity to feel your body. Ground your sit bones on whatever surface it is you’re sitting upon, are they even? Watch your breath, are inhales melting into exhales? Is your breathing short or are you able to enjoy long, sinewy breaths, breaths that are elastic like taffy. Is your jaw tight? Can you unclench it? Is your brow relaxed or furled? Soon you’ll forget about the traffic and be ok with whatever the universe is serving you for the moment, because who knows, it could be for your highest good.
Once you get good at finding peace in stressful situations, perhaps you’ll want to start a meditation practice because you’ll see how good it feels to slow down and really listen to the beautiful nothingness inside of you. Of course thoughts will come and if will truly be up to you to engage in these thoughts or to let them float on by like clouds. Once sitting with your thoughts and letting them pass, perhaps you’ll begin to experience the flow of energy, or prana the life force inside of you and around you. Just writing about this energy I can begin to feel it- can you?
So what does this have to do with balancing on your head and getting twisted up like a pretzel everything- because life will continue to throw us mean, fast curve balls – much like that yoga pose that seems impossible; the training is to just observe where you are, with your body, with your breath and to not judge your attempts at difficult or even simple asanas- just be okay with the moment –whatever it gives you.