I am so grateful for my yoga teachers. they are my inspiration, my mentors, my guides and my friends. what i love is that everything that is shared in a class is encouraged to be taken and used as a lesson to offer others. So, i am taking an analogy from my wonderful teacher Bill and sharing it with you all (and offering my own embellishments).
Our body is our home. This is where our soul resides. When we think about a home, there are many things that come to mind. We like our home to be comfortable and inviting to our loved ones. We also want to feel comfortable and secure in our home. It is a personal space that reflects our taste, budget and priorities. What we decide to put in our home is important. It's what gives us that sense of peace and ease of being. it's where your stuff is and loving the sensation of all those wonderful things that surround you. It's important that our home sits on a solid foundation, so that when storms threaten us we feel secure.
So, what makes your body feel like home? what are the things you want to fill it with to make it inviting to your loved ones? Or, even to open your home/heart to others? Home is where the heart is. Your heart furnishes your home. But, we have all suffered damages to our home. Heartbreak, insecurity, neglect, lack of resources, trauma; we are all vulnerable. We have all suffered in one way or another from these kinds of damages. What's personal is universal. What you should know is there is a way to repair your home from damage and insure it.
Yoga is the practice of rebuilding and repairing. It is a place to go deep inside your home and fix what's been broken. It is taking the time out for yourself to focus on the things you want to be better in your life and toss out all the stuff you left in the attic that you don't ever and won't ever use. Don't forget the basement! It's an offer to begin again, to renew your connection with yourself. The practice is to focus on you and what you need in this life to end suffering and find happiness. But like any project, it takes time. It is always the little advances that lead to big changes. Each time you make the effort to step into the yoga studio and sit on your mat, you have made a commitment to repairing the damage. As you start repairing yourself, know that you are offering a safer and secure place for others in your life to come to and creating a solid foundation that will support you any emotional storm. So, if you feel like that time away practicing yoga feels selfish, please think about your healthier self supporting others in a way you never could before. Yes, it's about you, but it's about a you that is healthier, happier and offering your heart and showing how beautiful the home looks as the renovation is under way!