I'm sitting at my little desk in my home yoga studio, and I'm thinking about the mind-body connection. Nick and I just talked for a couple hours about what chakras are and why I work with them, etc. And it's not because I was explaining things to him. He was doing most of the talking, and it's everything I needed to hear.
You see, I have been learning and thinking about the chakras for so long, I see the complicated interplay, I know the history, I know they're not something to "fix," and you can't poke them with a stick. And yet there they are. A beautiful map of...of what? I was having trouble getting to the basic idea of what's going on here and why it works.
Nick said it: mind-body connection.
If you've reached adulthood and have any amount of personal reflection and self awareness, you know you have patterns. You know you keep doing something that isn't helpful, and is possibly...
As you might already know, last Thursday was my birthday. This means I got to start the day teaching--which is my favorite way to start the day. What a gift! But as I shared with the class last week, that wasn't always the case. I used to stress about it, starting the night before. "What am I going to teach? What poses will my students like? What will they find inspiring? Will they even show up?? Will they come back? What am I going to wear??"
The problem with these questions is that they were all about me and how I was doing and how I would be perceived. I'm telling you now--that's a real joy-sucker. WHILE I'm teaching I've always loved it, but the lead time had strife. Unnecessary strife, to be sure. Because I was missing it! I was missing the gift life had handed me with my silly worrying. So I changed the language. Now, instead of thinking, "I have to...