When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We,’ even ‘Illness’ becomes ‘Wellness.’
“In today’s rush we all think too much – seek too much – want too much – and forget about the joy of just being.”
— Eckhart Tolle
“I find I’m so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.” – Red in Shawshank Redemption on his way to The Mexican beach of Zihuatanejo, on the Pacific Coast.
What a beautiful quote from Shawshank. Red (Morgan Freeman) has stepped into the unknown. He’s excited about the uncertainty and the friends he’ll meet along the way. In a sense, he’s woken up – and crossing the border from darkness to enlightenment. Love it.
In 2003 a surf trip took me down the west coast of Mexico. I spent some time in Zihuatanejo and thought about the moment in the book where Red walks barefoot down the beach and sees Andy working on the boat.
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Toe breathing? Yup, your toes breath if you concentrate on them. Ready to try?
Okay. Take a pause. Relax your shoulders, eyes, and jaw. Feel the ground on your feet and wiggle your toes, so you know they are there. Take a deep breath through your nose and feel the air enter your body. Imagine the same fresh air coming your lungs, tummy, legs, feet and finally your toes. Feel the body expanding. It’s like blowing up a balloon. Imagine the clean oxygenated air reaching the very tips of your toes and that everything it touches on the way down is cleansed.
Now exhale slowly. As you exhale, imagine your body deflating slowing and breathing out the stale air. All of the aches, pains, anxiety leave the body with that exhalation.
Is like rinse and repeat. Try it 3 times. Concentrating on the toes will make you breath deeper and slow down the exercise. Remember to the breath through your nose and relax the shoulders and face.
Stay grounded today and enjoy.
We only experience right now as Emily Dickinson explains below:
Forever — is composed of Nows
by Emily Dickinson
Forever — is composed of Nows —
‘Tis not a different time —
Except for Infiniteness —
And Latitude of Home —
From this — experienced Here —
Remove the Dates — to These —
Let Months dissolve in further Months —
And Years — exhale in Years —
Without Debate — or Pause —
Or Celebrated Days —
No different Our Years would be
From Anno Domini’s —
Yoga is a Practice. You practice by listening to and learning from fellow students & teachers. Everyone in the room is your teacher. Daily practice results in small corrections every day.
Practice life the same way.
Here’s a tip on breathing.
Try this the next time you take a couple of deep breaths to relax or wind down from exercising.
As you exhale, imagine you are filling a vessel. Inhale deeply into your diaphragm and then slowly exhale. Relax your jaw and shoulders. Feel the floor holding you up. Wriggle your toes. Relax.
The room. The first exhale fills the room. Imagine your breath as a white mist filling every nook and cranny of the room
The house. The second exhale fills all the rooms of the house. Bedroom, bathroom and kitchen touched and infused by the mist.
The neighborhood. The third exhale fills the neighborhood. Down alleys and into back gardens.
The city. The fourth exhale fills the city. Imagine it happening on a map. Imagine the mist swirling through the city streets, between buildings and under cars.
The exercise will slow down your breathing and it’ll turn the practice into something more than exhaling carbon dioxide.