"I can do that standing on one leg with my hand behind my back!!" Sounds easy, right? Maybe as a child, but as an adult, standing on one leg is a tremendous task. Why is that? Is it because we lose are center of gravity, become significantly less athletic, or maybe our experienced monkey minds?
"I can do that standing on one leg with with my hand behind my back!!" Sounds easy, right? Maybe as a child, but as an adult, standing on one leg is a tremendous task. Why is that? Is it because we lose are center of gravity, become significantly less athletic, or maybe it's because our monkey minds are running a mile a minute?
As I prepare my body to get into tree pose (standing on one leg) I probably have 20 different thoughts running through my head at once.
"What am I going to eat for lunch? What do I need from the grocery store? I miss Fresh & Easy! What is that smell? My ankle hurts! I probably look pretty stupid right now. I forgot to put sunblock on. What are those birds doing?"
"Focus on an object that is still," the yoga instructor instructs.
As soon as I am focused, I am able to balance. I become completely absorbed on a unique, brightly colored rock 5 feet away. I look at its lines, color, shape, size, and texture. I let the thoughts and stories of that object fall away and I come back to that object in my line of sight. I feel my body balancing and I am happy. I let thoughts go and continue to focus.
What are you completely focused on that is creating balance in your life? Are you focused on the negative things that make you feel crappy? Is that creating balance in your life, or are you becoming caught up in the negativity. It is helpful to focus on the things you'd like to improve. But don't let the story or the attachment to that negativity consume you. Look at that negativity and focus on the way it feels, tastes, smells, sounds, the impact it has on your body and the impact on your ability to move through this world with peace and ease.
If you focus, you will find balance. I focused on time as being the most important resource in my life. With that focus, I was better able to manage my time. And each day, I learn something new about managing time that allows me to be better.
With focus, you will have the clarity to design your life in just a way that is perfectly balanced for you. So, how do you want to do it? Do you want to focus on what you don't want or what you DO want? Both roads lead to the same place, but focusing on what you DO want will get you there faster.
Thank you, yogis, for thousands of years of practice and wisdom! Namaste!