I did it. Or at least I nearly did. I committed my day to practice in order to detach from the over- activity that I have lately fallen victim to. I spent the morning in meditation and immersion, ate lunch, took a shower, and then went for a walk.
That's the weirdest part of all. I went for a walk.
I did not wear a Fitbit. I did not track my heart rate or miles. I just went for a walk outside in the sunshine.
I listened to the sound of the squirrels in the dry leaves, and the wind passing through the corn stalks. I felt the sun and looked at my lovely country landscape. I let my mind wander and, then brought it back to my mantra. I ended my walk browsing through my garden and sitting by the creek in my own backyard, both places I have been completely ignoring as of late. I felt compelled to do a little bit of clean up, but I tried not to get too involved in the to-do list of the 25 action items that need to take place before winter hits my landscape.
It took some effort, oddly enough. It took some effort to not exert effort. To not get caught up in my regular routine of running around until I completely burn out and crash. I know tomorrow will be different because I'm back on the job, teaching two classes in a row, running errands, etc. But I know I did something kind for myself today, and I hope the lightness I feel right now will carry me through the tougher parts of my day, and remind me that it's ok to slow down.
I want to share with you the yoga I practice, teach, and live.