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...
Do you sometimes struggle with making decisions? I know I do, and there seem to be more and more decisions to make every day. Sure, we still have the simple ones like what to wear and where to go out to eat. But then there's the bigger ones, like will it be safe? Do I need to wear a mask? Should I travel right now? Is this still the job I want? What should I tell my loved ones about x, y, z, and will they understand?
I went to a Hanukkah party recently that made it clear to me we're all still deciding things. The party was indoor and outdoor. Some people wore masks, some did not. Some chose not to come. Some said "hi" but kept their distance. And you know what? All of those decisions were fine and acceptable. The host family made it clear that all personal decisions were valid and welcome. They even provided a basket of masks for those who wanted one but didn't have one. So...
If you've been a student of mine for any length of time, I'm sure you've heard me quote my dad. And though he passed away 18 years ago, his voice still advises me in my head.
One of my favorites came to mind today, and that is how he sometimes made decisions about what he should do at any given time based on what he would think about in the "rest home." I don't know how p.c. it is to say "rest home," but that's what he called it. (Also "old folks home," if you prefer.)
For example, when advising me on who to marry, he suggested I marry someone I'd want to still talk to in my "rest home rocking chair." Or should I spend money on a certain extravagance? Well, what do you want to count in the rest home, money or memories?
Experiences were always important and worth it, in my dad's opinion. Worth the time, the money, the risk, and the effort. This guiding principle has pushed me out of my comfort zone to go for it so many times, and...