“When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself” Lao Tzu
Yesterday I taught my first Teen Yoga Class at the studio. I decided that to end the practice, I would lead them through a guided meditation rather than leave them in Savasana for 5-7min as I do for my adult students. I found myself telling them “This, is probably the most difficult part of the yoga practice”. It is true, especially for me. The poses challenge the body, but the silence and stillness challenge the mind.
I have come to discover that what I crave most in life, is stillness. My most stressful times are those when I am feeling overwhelmed. While I long for that quiet, I tend towards taking on more and more just circling myself right back to the place I want to get away from, on the hamster wheel of life. Those who know me best know that I take on way… too much. I have a very difficult time saying “No”.
I know that I find clarity, and hear the directions from my soul when I am still, so why do I run from it? What am I afraid to hear?
For anyone who struggles with the “monkey mind”, that mind where as soon as you lie back in Savasana you start running through your to do list for the day…..When I get home I need to switch the laundry, can’t forget to run by the store to pick up toothpaste, etc etc.. just know that you are not alone. After 13 years of practice, this still remains the hardest part. What I can tell you though is that you will have days where you have “glimpses” of stillness and it is euphoric.
There is an old Zen adage that says…… Sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy and then sit for an hour.
Start with 3-5min and see what your soul tells you.