You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Day 6 of 40 days of yoga felt a bit like day 6, 7 and maybe 8, all rolled into one hot, long day.
Everyone is a bit tired – we are all going to bed late because the nights are hot, and waking up at the same old silly o’clock.
I woke up with a determination to sort out and prioritise my life (just a soft little goal to start the day with). I don’t want to spend my time doing things that I don’t need or want to do; if I am over-committed in an area, then I want to release myself from some of those commitments; and I want to be directing my energy more appropriately. By which I mean if something is up the top of my list of importance, then that gets the most energy directed towards it. My Top 5 Very Important Things in My Life Right Now are: (do you love my clunky ridiculous headings? I do 🙂 )
- Family and Loved Ones. Always.
- Paid Work and
- 40 Days of Yoga
- Studying and
As you may have guessed from my sophisticated sorting device, 2 and 3 are of equal importance, as are 4 and 5. There are some other things underneath, like volunteer activities, community groups etc., which are falling into the obligation pile at the moment – in that I feel obliged to do them, but I resent it.
Resentment: noun sourness, hostility, sullenness, bitterness, anger.
Breeds: stiff neck, frozen shoulders, tightness, rigidity, pain.
Solution: 40 Days of Yoga 🙂
In Rodney Yee’s wonderful book Yoga the Poetry of the Body, he uses twists to overcome resistance, first in the body and then in the mind. Resistance, pause, breath, space, movement, resistance. Those six little words describe exactly the cycle of resistance that we all experience. Ideally this should be a flowing experience, although I think I might get stuck a little too long in the resistance part of the cycle :).
Eckhart Tolle says:
Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
Resistance, pause, breath, space, movement…resistance
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