What are you "working on" right now?
What are you working on right now? Does it require creativity, energy, passion, organization? Whether it is a big project at work or a small task in your home, our “work” requires us to be clicking just right and when our bodies and minds are out of balance we do not perform at our optimal best.
Over the past few months, I have been working on my performance as a runner by increasing mileage, playing around with pace, and getting comfortable in new shoes. While working on these three things, I neglected to maintain the yoga practice that I worked so hard to attain. Regardless of the fact that I knew I would be teaching in a studio again, I was not getting on my own mat to stretch and strengthen the muscles. Not only was I neglecting to give some love to my muscles, my mind was also not given the break that it needs that only yoga and meditation allows it to have. What happened? SNAP. It was the straw the broke the camels back. Pete and I ran a local race together and pushed ourselves. After the race, my body went in to shock and my back gave out. I neglected to face the reality that I was injured and ended up trying to run just four days later which set me back even further. Since then, I sought help from friends and health practitioners and have started feeling much better. Where am I going with this story? If you are still reading this you might want to know what this has to do with you or maybe if I had an ah-ha moment. The reality is, I am still not 100%, but as I work on healing my body I realize more and more how our body and minds are so connected. The fact is that I have a lot of “work” to do when it comes to my mind. To be sound in my body, my mind needs to be sound. I shared that my “work” revolved around me as a runner. The real story is that my “work” revolves around me as a daughter, wife, mother and friend. My “work” is to be in a confident state by knowing (like…really knowing deep down) that I am doing my best. I am not there yet. Moving forward, I know that I need yoga and daily meditation in order to be in the confident state that I want to be. I know that once I get there, my body will heal and I will be back in those running shoes again.
I will conclude by asking you once again…”what are you working on right now”? And, have you given yoga and daily meditation a chance to help you with that work?