I rolled into OG after working a late night at my job, knowing I would feel great after class. A cat nap would be my reward before work tonight. These late nights are teaching me how important it is to be kind to myself. I have to ask myself: when am I supportive and nourishing in my practice? When am I rigid and controlling? Am I just pushing myself too much or pushing myself in a positive direction. As I deepen my practice it will just get tougher and then the ease will come. The ease in my practice that I have read about and experienced in a glimmer.
My breath feeds my practice and near the end of practice we did Ustrasana in pairs. I was lucky my spouse was my partner. We layed out hands on each others back coming out of the pose to experience the breath of your partner, and our breath together. It was a powerful lesson in interconnectedness community.
- Developing an internal environment.
- Unwavering steadiness.
- Generosity, abundance.
- The element of earth.
Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves is important. The reason it’s important is that , fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the Universe..- Pema Chodron
Support is the ability to stand on your own two feet with loving-kindness. What a great way to start the day.