Throughout this transition, there has certainly not been a shortage of To-Do’s on the list day-to-day. In fact, one day’s list tends to spill over onto the next, and the next, and so on. This can feel rather overwhelming to a “Type-A get it done yesterday” personality. I would be remiss if I did not immediately admit – guilty as charged! But by repeatedly drawing my focus onto what is most important … RIGHT NOW, I’ve found that I am able to prioritize my thoughts in an effort to proceed mindfully.
Without doing so, I know that I am personally tempted to respond in one of two ways: Option A involves tackling what I refer to as the “low hanging fruit.” “Low hanging fruit” likely refers to something different for each one of us. Generally, it includes the things on our ongoing list which can and will always be there – the laundry, the dirty dishes, picking up the dry cleaning – you get the picture. It can be tempting to tackle one or many of these tasks because they are easy to do. You can cross it off the list, and instantly you’ve gained that “Ahhh, I’ve accomplished something” feeling. But, how productive was it honestly? Option B involves throwing up the surrender flag. “It’s all too much. I can’t take it.” Immediately, pessimistic martyr-like feelings of defeat rush inward.
Regularly performing a "weather check" has enabled me to maintain sanity throughout this period of transitioning. I am proud to admit that I have been consistently rising above options A or B. I know that this is thanks in part to the opportunities which I’ve been granted at Balanced for Life Yoga Therapy. So, I thank you, my clients and students for providing me with a forum in which to share my teachings. This is my life’s work – of that I am very clear.
It is my belief that all aspects of the body - physical, psychological, and emotional - have an innate need to be heard. To shed light on this/these, I’d encourage you to try out the practice of a “weather check.” Simply ask yourself, “Who am I? What do I most need in this moment? How can I meet this/these need(s) as efficiently and effectively as possible?”
Yoga, be it on or off of the yoga mat, is about being in relationship with your body. It is my hope that you might consider applying this to your relationship with your body. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, I’d challenge you to remain intimately in relationship with yourself. In striving to maintain your wants, needs, and desires as priority, it is my hope that time spent at Balanced for Life Yoga Therapy will become a regular part of your day-to-day throughout this holiday season.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving,