The quote above inspired me this morning. Searching unsuccesfully for its source, it started to dawn on me -- who would want to claim such a glib utterance?
The past few weeks have been filled with distractions for me. A strong reminder of why we call yoga a practice! Some of the distractions offered a clear value -- such as canceling my personal practice to take care of a nagging car problem -- providing peace of mind and safe transportation in return. Others were energy vampires -- like following an unproductive "twitterstom" -- that wasted my time and left me feeling dejected and unproductive.
Many of the vampires, however, aren't so obvious! Until they are, and I end up berating myself ("I should have known better!") for the wasted time and energy.
Does that ever happen to you?
Of course you know where I'm going with this. Our yoga practice can help! Writing this blog this morning, I realize that I've now written about the same topic two months in a row. So while I clearly have work to do to become more present and aware when it comes to making good choices for my energy, I'm celebrating the joy of the self-discovery that is taking me one step closer to samahdi (bliss or enlightment, the 8th limb of yoga).
Jamie Walton is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher with more than 8 years (1000+ hours) of experience teaching group exercise classes, and has been certified by the American Red Cross to administer First Aid and CPR.