Move your mind, Move your body, Move your soul.
When you train to become a yoga teacher, there is much time and energy spent in creating a class - a format to allow for centering, warming, building, peaking, cooling, resting. "Arriving" on the mat takes a moment; we need a little space to transition from whatever we're holding onto from the day to a bit of conscious time on the mat.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is shift gears. It's so interesting that we make space for it in yoga class, but rarely in other moments of our lives. Yet, we are transitioning all the time. Shifting gears is the stuff of life.
It is that noticing that helps to bring us into the moment. Had a shitty day at work? Take a shower when you walk through the door to wash the day off you. Better yet, do a chi cleaning session in the car before you even walk through the door!
Trust in the Universe. Open to the flow of the Universe. Raise your vibration to align with the abundance of the Universe.
I have heard these phrases so often, I realized the other day that they had kind of lost their meaning for me. What does it mean to trust in the Universe? And how do I do that?
Does trusting the Universe mean that we don't get scared walking down a dark street at night? Does it mean saying "no" to a gig that doesn't sit right in the pit of your stomach?
The Universe, the Source, God, the Creator, Mother Earth, the Divine Force, Spirit.
There are lot's of ways that we talk about that universal source of love and light. The energy/high frequency that we cannot easily name or categorize. The is what is referred to, often, in the shorthand as
A very important piece of this puzzle that smacked me in the face is We are All Connected to this Divine Source. Meaning - We are all divine. Including your annoying co-worker, the "leader" of the US, your favorite friend, and you. The incredible Krishna Kaur reminded me that "If you don't see God in all, you don't see God at all." Well, shit. THAT is a post for another day.
So if we have that divine essence within, if we contain "The Universe", then when we want to trust the Universe, we actually are looking to trust in ourselves (and in the goodness/light/love of others).
Let that settle in for a minute.
What we really need to do is trust ourselves. And we need to tune in to ourselves, access that small voice within, in order to build that trusting relationship.
Practice: take 10 minutes today and get quiet, soften your eyes, and breathe. It's ok if you can't stop thinking or feel jittery. Notice that thinking, notice the jitters. And notice without judging. Observe those thoughts and sensations. And then let them go.
"The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment." ~Swami Kripalu
You gotta feel it to heal it.