I was walking home yesterday when I bumped into a lovely man I know. As usual when you ask someone how they are, he replied he was fine with his trademark smile and kind eyes. But once we passed the social etiquette of always being ‘fine’, he spoke a bit deeper about some troubles he was having in his personal life.
When crisis strikes, how do we know which path to follow? How do we know which decisions lead us to the ‘right’ choices? We both agreed with a laugh: if only we could see into the future! Then we talked some more and he commented he believes everything happens for a reason and so he was trying to make the best of things and keep an open mind. He said a very interesting thing to me: people before us would have had the same problems as we have and people in the future would also encounter these difficulties. The emotions of fear, love, jealousy, anger are the same today as they were 500 years ago but still we fret over them. The setting nowadays is different but the feelings aren’t.
So with that in mind, I entered into my own yoga practice today which consisted of: Energy Block Release 4, Paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend) and Garudasana (eagle posture) with Makrasana (crocodile) at the end to let everything settle.
Energy block release 4 generates inner strength and high self-esteem. It is useful for when are at a point in your life when you need to build courage and reassurance in your abilities, hopes and dreams. Sitting forward bend helps to let go of fear and enhance courage. For me personally, it reinforces the cyclical nature of things the sun coming up, its rays spreading across the land and the sun setting again. From this asana we can gather strength and have faith in a bigger force in life. Eagle posture helps to focus us on the path to take. It helps to attune us into our heart and listen to its wisdom. So often other’s expectations impact on what we think we should do rather than what we know to be of value to us and in line with our deep connection with who we are. Crocodile at the end of the session just helps to bring everything into alignment and awareness of relaxing diaphragmatic breathing is enhanced.
At a time when I am starting a new business and at a time of year when so much potential and possibility lie ahead, my advice is to listen to your heart. When I completed the Eagle posture there were several things that signposted clearly for me:
- Focus on the present
- Do what makes you happy
- Let go of the ‘how’
In yoga, we are reminded to be present in the moment but how easy it is to be swept away worrying about what has been or what might be. As I finish this blog article for today please reflect on the quote below and see what you have to be grateful for in your life right now. Consider whether gratitude changes your perspective about anything that is worrying you and any decisions you are making:
“When you are grateful, abundance appears and fear disappears.”