My son has demonstrated great patience this summer. We planted some marigold seeds early this summer that he gave me on his last day of school. Every day when he went out to check on the vegetables that we planted he would check on the marigolds too, they were not blooming. We finally, after about a month, got some sprouts but no flowers. Then one day early this month out of nowhere, a flower had bloomed. He and I were amazed! His patience reminded me of the patience one must have in yoga. Many of the poses can be challenging or unattainable in one’s current body. However with patience and perseverance, those same poses can be attained or feel blissful instead of uncomfortable. With my daily practice my back bends have finally begun to feel like an amazing heart opening experience. I feel more space between each vertebrae only after 10 plus years of practice. I have mentioned this in my classes encouraging students to have patience and perseverance and that with practice, their poses will flourish much like our marigold seeds.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I recently read a blog post commenting about the long, relaxing days of Summer, it created such a wonderful image in my mind and something I longed to create for my family for the last few weeks of Summer break. Our Summer, although gratefully, has been anything but relaxing. I have been teaching an abundance of classes, then entertaining the kids with going to the pool or some other adventure. I’m longing for that Pause that I use as a tool in my teaching. My husband and I have a week to ourselves, the kids are on vacation with friends and family, so I am using this week to slow down and Pause, so that when the kids arrive home, I can help them slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of Summer, like reading a book under a tree, hiking through the woods, listening to the crickets and enjoying fresh seasonal food at a slower pace. I have been enjoying yummy smoothies for breakfast daily, eating a bounty of veggies, relaxing on the patio with a good book, practicing yoga and spending time in meditation.
Yoga after all is about balance, balancing mind, body and spirit.
Enjoy your last few weeks of Summer!
“There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“Learn to relax. Your body is precious as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” Norman Vincent Peale