It always surprises me how each season, each month, each next shift in our yearly calendar comes with it’s highs and lows. We innately anticipate the to-do lists of November and December, June planning as we prepare for vacations and kids’ activities, the awakening of spring with yard work and house cleaning. These shifts are part of our world, our life and we can’t help but to be guided by them and feel assurance that life is proceeding as normal. The problem is when we get so caught up in what’s coming next and what’s going on around us that we miss experiencing the moments all together.
I’m prompted to write this blog post at the close of September because frankly I’m glad September is over. A month often associated with fresh starts (which is true), renewed vision, and reestablished routine, it also comes with it’s fair share of racing to comply rather than rolling with those lazy summer days. As a mom to five kids, I’m not ashamed to say that when August comes to a close I’m joyfully purchasing school supplies at Target. I’m ready for routine and I believe my kids are too. But this September, sheer craziness. What happened? I happened. I failed to show up grounded and present. Life went on as normal, soccer practices and nightly homework seeped back into our world, but I lost my grip and allowed the tidal wave of to-dos to run my life and spill over into overly short-responses to friends and those I love the most. It was only upon reflection that I was able to assess my short-comings. In the moment, life was running the show and the script was a train-wreck.
There’s a well-known quote written by Lao Tzu, “Stay in the center of the circle and let all things take their course.” What a perfect image for one to hold onto. A picture of strength amidst life’s demands encouraging one to mindfully root down and be present. Yoga brings us to this place and as a teacher to 35 classes per month, it is rare that I bring myself to the mat, to re-set and remind myself how important it is to be grounded especially when my children rely heavily on my sense of peace and assurance. They are little energy absorbers. They know, they feel, and others do too.
Use Yoga and your practice as a safe haven of quiet, allowing your body to connect with what it is you need at that very moment. Allow yourself to be placed perfectly in the center of that circle and create a vision in your mind of standing tall, unmoved, allowing NOTHING to rock the strength you have created that comes with your personal faith and mindful awareness. The next time you find yourself in Tadasana or Standing Mountain Pose, hold onto this vision and feeling of power. Life will always continue (chaotically sometimes) but it’s how we respond to it that matter’s most. Refuse to be fueled by stress and worry. It produces nothing but more negative. Stay rooted, stay confidant, and trust the process. Somehow all things work together for good even when it’s hard to see the final outcome. You don’t need to predict the outcome or organize the storm around you. Your energy, your calm, your strength will quiet the mayhem. The key is to be open to it.