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Have you ever had your heart set on a yoga class? You did everything right, stomach empty, mat in hand, drove yourself 35 minutes to the next town over for this specific class only to end up thwarted by st. closures for a road race?
That was my morning. Luckily for me I've been practicing yoga for a while, and though I was disappointed I was able to let the desire for that class go and quickly shifted gears. I used my yoga and simply let go. My new Canon Rebel was in the car and I wanted to take myself on an artist's date after yoga class anyway. Now I'd get to set out a little earlier to use my new toy.
Lesson #1 Let go of your attachments to follow life's flow: If I got frustrated and mad that I couldn't make it to class and had focused on the wasted time and wasted gas I wouldn't have been able to shift gears as quickly as I did. The ability to let it go and find life's flow can be the difference between a good day and a bad day. Sometimes interrupted plans are better than plans anyway because they help get your creative juices flowing.
Lesson #2 Spontaneity is crucial to Creativity There is a lot to be said for routine. Personally I'm a huge believer in route. Dedication to goals, putting in hard work to achieve those goals - all of that is important, YES. And you need to allow enough free time and flexibility in your life in order for creativity to blossom. I almost had scheduled myself up for the morning. I almost made a plan for Saturday morning which would have meant no room, no space, no extra time to just be. That's normally my life. This was a great reminder to leave room for myself so creativity can blossom. The free time allowed spontaneity to creep in and fuel my creative side.
I love my state, but I especially love my City...
All said and done I got lucky to miss class.
Lesson #3 Feed your creativity Make time for creativity in your life. It doesn't just happen. You have to flex that muscle just like any other muscle. If you don't work it you won't have it.
Speaking of muscles, I may have missed my yoga class this morning, but I think I'm gonna roll out my mat at home now.
If you are waiting for things to be perfect to have a home yoga practice you will never have a home yoga practice. If you are waiting for a room devoted to yoga, or a full hour to be able to practice every day you will never have a home practice. The best advice I ever received was practice every day even if you only have 10 minutes. 10 minutes every day is better than an hour once a week. This serves me well even today.
Before I became a yoga teacher I thought yoga teachers had these perfect home yoga practices. They must have whole rooms in their house devoted to nothing but their mat, a mediation cushion possibly a Buddha, and a stereo. They must have these perfect hour-long daily practices at 4am where cares just fall away and they lose track of time they are so in the moment.
Yeah, not true. Well, I sorta have a yoga room, but it's also sorta filled with boxes and other things too and there are many dust bunnies full of dog hair floating around. There is a dog that I know I should put in another room, but he sits in the same room watching me. I normally have time to practice right when I get home from work not early in the morning and I rarely get more than 30 minutes let alone an hour. The house is normally a disaster zone because even though I'm great at many things, I am not great at keeping a clean house. There are oodles of distractions around me. It's just like normal life. A normal life and a home yoga practice go hand in hand.
Tonight when I got on my mat, I found myself distracted because I was using my least favorite mat (yes, yoga teachers or at least this yoga teachers acquire multiple mats) and I kept slipping. Then I noticed the floor needed cleaning, and the dog being curious about what I was doing. Then I remembered it was about the breath not those other things. For a few minutes I was able to stay with my breath and then I quickly got distracted again. I noticed and then I tried to take it inward once again. I wasn't very grounded tonight. Getting on my mat and trying in the first place was the reason I noticed.
My message is don't wait for the situation to be perfect, Don't wait until you have enough time. Just go get on your mat for 10 minutes even if you lay in savasana breathing for all 10 minutes.