A Seat of Devotion
It is interesting what we make time for in our lives. The things that will hold our attention for long periods of time like electronic devices (personally I am totally addicted to my iphone and the television show Glee). I will do everything in my power to enjoy these things in my life but I am less likely to devote my time to other endeavours which make me feel good or help transform me. Why is that? Why does my yoga sometimes take a back seat to my iphone or the latest episode of Glee?
I think because it’s easier to zone mindlessly then it is to connect spirituality. Self discovery is hard emotional work and sometimes I don’t like what I learn about myself. I can be demanding, self focused and bossy… thanks to yoga at least I am aware and I can set out a path to work on that. Knowing is definitely half the battle right? We are constantly a work in progress.
On my path to transformation, I decided in the new year to make my asana practice a daily enrichment of my life…but, I sometimes find myself waning and meandering along the path..How do I stop this and in turn help my students find their seat of devotion?
How do I find spiritually in the everyday mundane tasks? Tasks we all have to do whether it be grocery shopping or vacuuming; we do this by being present and engaged…
Take the time to notice your breath where ever you are. Notice the feeling on your hand on the grocery cart; close your eyes and experience the fresh smell of the produce or the bakery. Then remember why you are where you are. Remember it is a function of taking care of yourself and in turn your family, friends and even students….
I need to think of my Yoga practice as the seat of devotion even if I am seated in traffic. I need to be more conscious that yoga happens other places and not just on my mat. When I miss the opportunities to be present and at full attention I am not in service to myself or my family.
Without the practice of Yoga I am following routine; with the practice of Yoga I am serving a higher power, a more divine inspiration…I think I can miss an episode of Glee for that….
I encourage you to find your seat of devotion……