Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Resolution & Revolution: Yoga

Resolution: A firm decision to do or not do something.

Revolution: 1.) Completion also: the period made by the regular succession of a measure of time. 2.) Radical or complete change.

When I was a kid, annoying, but well meaning adults would make comments like, "My you're getting tall" or "Last time I saw you, you were just a baby." These words would always end with wistful looks off into the middle distance and a muttering, "My ,time does fly."

I want to grab Hermione's Time-Turner and grab those people by the shirt collars and say, "I'm so sorry for scroonching up my nose at you (or giving you dirty looks) you were RIGHT! Time does fly." Then I'd ask, politely, "How do you make it slow down?"

It is September and amidst all the back-to-school posts and apple hoopla (yes, I'm guilty on both accounts) my kids really are back to school (sigh) and the air (at least here in the northeast) is crisp. Heck it was 45 degrees this morning and we could see the mist on our breath. I just can't wrap my head around the summer being over, thinking about the holidays and then (gasp) winter. I'm not sure I'm ready.

But time isn't going to wait for me and what I do know is that offering my attention to exactly what I'm doing now ensures that I don't miss the moment. But that's hard to do especially when I've got a blog and book to write, when I have cupcakes and muffins to make for a birthday party, when the dishes, laundry and house need cleaning, not to mention the car. When clarinets and permission slips need remembering. When bills, paperwork and, and, and...there is just so much! But what I've learned in this past month, that when I really do offer my attention, the moment gets full. It gets full of laughter, smiles, hugs, deep conversations, solutions, creativity. It is a beautiful thing.

But this is not so easily accomplished when there are a million things whirring around my mind...so to slow down, sometimes, when time allows, as often as I can, when I get around to it EVERY DAY for the next 30, I will roll out my mat and get my pumpkin on it! I will do yoga. In this way, I am slowing my body down (though sometimes it can really get moving in a vinyasa)  and in turn slowing down my mind. I will concentrate on my breath, on the way my muscles stretch and strain, on the way I really, truly am free and any constraints that I tell myself I have, be they time, energy, resources are really just concepts. Because I am free to enjoy this life in all its abundance, in the company of those I love for as long as I've got because when I'm 83 I probably won't remember that I made the beds everyday or signed this paper or that. I will remember getting on my mat, I will remember that afterward I could clearly see what I valued and carry that throughout my day.

So whether it is five minutes of sixty minutes I will drop in to the space my mat holds for me, to offer myself to asana, to my inhale and exhale and then go peacefully to the chaos and delight that awaits.

Copyright 2012 Deirdre/Ladies Holiday

"Consistency creates grooves, grooves create focus, focus creates transformation." - Amy Ippoliti

What do  you do that keeps you centered, in tune and present? What gets you back on track or keeps you on track? Please share in the comments.

January: Breathe
February: Meditate
August: Attention

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  1. I just have to take a moment and stop. If I don't then the craziness will consume me and all of the things that need to get done will overwhelm me.
    I think it is important to make a list of things you need to complete and then make your way through it.
    When you have kids this does sincerely complicate things, but hey they are only here for s short period of time, so if my laundry doesn't get done because I was swinging outside with my 3 year old...then so be it.

    Be well Deirdre.

    1. You are one smart mama! Sometimes even the laundry has to wait its turn...xo Rachel!!

  2. Good for you!! I love all your resolutions. I may have to look back on some of your other months. Thanks so much for linking up at Romance on a dime!

    1. And thank you for being such a lovely hostess :)

  3. This is great! For me, it's running. It's hard to get going some days, but once I do I feel powerful, rejuvenated, and stress-free!

    1. I totally get what you mean Jade! It is good to have that something. Thanks for stopping by!


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