When we’re young, we’re always making plans and goals. Always onto the next thing. Finish school, go to graduate school, work for job promotions, make choices about when and if to start a family, lose weight, work out and above all else BE ON TIME! And the list can go on and on, ad infinitum! It’s such a pressured part of our western culture: to succeed, to “get there,” whatever that means. Wherever we are, we expect to be somewhere else soon! For me, I take every chance I can to slow down, get in the present moment and to be where my feet are.
When we’re under stress, or struggling with a problem, it’s especially hard to stay in the moment. In these moments, look down at your feet. Spread your toes in your shoes and root yourself down into the earth. Take a few breaths. Feel your heart rate come down. This will center you and get you back into your body. Allow everything that was swirling in your head to unfurl.
In the meantime, let’s stop rushing about so much! Take a breath. Be here now. Your body and your mind will thank you for it. If you’re out walking, notice the trees. Notice your feet on the pavement. Better yet, step off the pavement for a moment and stand on some earth for a breath or two. Even better yet, go out for a walk in nature. Ground yourself. Practice this in meditation and in yoga and everything in-between.
Maggie Parker delights in sharing her many years of yoga practice! Join her Slow Flow/Restorative class on Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 at naamyoganewyork.com. Please follow this blog for Your Weekly Om!