In our eagerness to change - because that's what society dictates and being just you is apparently not enough - we don't even take a second and pause to think about what it is that we are trying to do, preferring instead to focus on the fruit of our actions, or the end goal. Instead of making ourselves nuts about how fast and furiously we need to work to get there, how about forgetting the finishing line and instead slowing down to pay attention, to become just a little more curious about the smaller things we don't get to appreciate when we're living in the fast lane?
This was the recurring theme in this week's Yoga classes. While flowing furiously from one pose into another has its merits, what about holding a pose for a little longer than usual and paying attention? Attention to what we are feeling - the hands and feet on the mat, the length of the front and back body, the texture of the breath, the exploration of newly created space. Slowing down is also an opportunity to soften. Whether a body part, the gaze or the breath, there is always something that we can let go of, ungrip or release in order to peel away at the layers of sensation.
I like to work hard all the time, restless when I put on the brakes, afraid that I might just miss out on something if I don't keep up with the flow. So here's my intention for today. I am going to slow down so I don't miss out on the beauty and simplicity of even the most ordinary things.