Quiet. Stillness. When was the last time you've taken a few moments to be still and simply "be". We move in such a frenzy, especially this time of year. Oh yeah, we wax poetic about quiet evenings in front of a lit tree- at least we watch commercials about those silent looks, a wink from a mother to her son etc, and somehow these commercials have convinced us it really is happening.
I can tell you that before university, (10 years ago! eek!) my life had a lot of quiet moments. Growing up in rural Nova Scotia means no traffic noises and many afternoons of just looking out over the water, taking a break from playing the piano, solitary walks along the shore. Watching the snowflakes fall quietly over the ocean.
Something happened when I started University- I moved to a city and spent so many hours "doing" instead of "being". Even now, without any children, my life is spent working during daylight hours, preparing for Yulemas during evenings and weekends. It's taken a sick day (hmmm, my body's way of saying "stop!") and some lightly falling snow for me to sit back and be for 15 minutes.
I could do my usual "studies show..." quoting the research that is increasingly showing our children and culture are becoming less connected, having more difficulty with attending and learning.... but ya know. These gently falling snowflakes outside my window just aren't conducive to strong words.
Sometimes even a physical yoga practice is too much "doing" in our uptight busy world. I challenge you yogis to take that yoga asana practice time you have set aside, and instead make yourself a cup of tea and just sit. And be. Watch the snow fall (or leaves wave depending on your hemisphere). Watch you. Practice a different kind of yoga.
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