Yoga for the Mind: Let every moment be…

Whatever you do today, let it be enough.

The Art of Rest & Relaxation - Week 6

Relax, don't worry. Let every moment be what it's going to be. What's meant to be will come your way. What's not ill fall away.  Mandy Hale

Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough.  tinybuddha.com

This week's theme is all about: Relax - you are enough - you have enough - you do enough.
Funny enough - not doing enough, not being enough, not having enough is driving our thinking, feeling and actions into overdrive as our panic shopping has shown due to the corona virus situation.

After the irrational hoarding of toilet paper has already served as an outlet for our desire to do SOMETHING about this situation, since we can't do anything rational about it, at least we can do something irrational about it.

 

 

And even if we didn't have the inclination so far to act out with toilet paper hoarding to compensate for our powerlessness in this situation, finally when we face the empty shelves a hoarding impulse can be easily triggered. We get tense, we think if we don't hoard as well, we will miss out.

An old Chinese proverb warns: "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."

What about appreciating what we still have instead of focusing on what's gone? An unknown source has put it this way: When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the many things that are going right.

Steve Maraboli takes it a step further, he says:
"I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear."

"I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear."   Steve Maraboli

The Yoga Sutra's point out in verse 2.47:
Yoga posture is mastered by relaxation of effort - and meditation on the unlimited.
Krishnamacharya recommends: "Reflect constantly on the message of the Yoga teachings, dwell on the eternal while doing your asana - regulate your breath through pranayama, (and) meditate on the ever compassionate dwelling in your heart."

Become compassionate with yourself in the first place - nobody is perfect. That simply doesn't exist. It is inherent in human nature that we need to make mistakes in order to learn and grow. By relaxing our efforts to try and be something which we cannot be, we can accept our limitations by meditating on the unlimited - then and only then perfection including all imperfections can relax us so gracefully...

 

Please take 10 deep, slow, long, smooth and even breath and say to yourself: I am enough - I have enough - I do enough.

 

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