“Hello, my name is April, and I do way too much.”
I’m really very willing to admit (despite what my loved ones say) that I do entirely too much. As a result of this, I will also admit that I get really tired. Over, and over, and over again, I will “admit” that I’m tired.
Has saying “I’m tired” ever given you more energy? Yeah, me neither. It’s that whole “hung by the tongue” thing… the more you say something, the more you make it true.
Then again, saying “I have lots of energy! I’m not tired at all!” has never actually made me feel less exhausted when exhausted is just the reality of the situation. Really, it’s just lying. The Yama of Satya (a commitment to truthfulness) doesn’t fall off the moral compass radar for the sake of fixing a bad attitude.
So what’s a yogi to do? Touch our fingers and thumbs, close our eyes, and magically “Om” away fatigue and bad moods? Nope. That’s another fallacy.
What really does work is to focus on the truth. And not the truth of being tired or having a bad day (we covered that). Focus on bigger truths. Big beautiful truths that are constant and unaffected by our attitude or how easy things are going. Truths strong enough to support us and sweet enough to surrender to.
“I am loved.” “I am whole.” “I am enough.”
Because you are loved. And you are enough. And everything you do, as long as you are fully there with it, is enough.
Even if you can’t grab your hands behind your back and your leg. Because we’re gonna try that in this video. And I have a secret – it’s not all flexibility to be able to do it. I have really long arms, so it’s easy for me, but if you have shorter arms, go grab a strap. Just do, seriously. Try to work beyond it if you’re close, inching your fingers closer on the strap, but seriously — don’t struggle just because you think this is something you should be able to do. You should be able to enjoy your practice. You do yoga because it makes you feel good right? Put that ahead of your ego.
Watch the video! Do some yoga with me. Lots of breathing and heart opening and acknowledging these incredible truths of love and enough-ness. And then tell me all about how you liked it and what kind of neat stuff you wanna do next week, or what kind of neat stuff you wanna listen to.
-*- Namaste -*-