One of the most rooted believes in our society - and in our mind as well - is that we always feel the need to do something: that might be going somewhere, reaching some goal, fulfilling a commitment, becoming someone "better", working hard, making more money or simply staying busy by doing some kind activity.
What is even more interesting is that the few times we allow ourselves to rest often turn out to be moments filled with anxiety or feelings of guilt… As if resting were not only something not allowed but also something which fills us with concern.
The reality is that we tend to live by doing and completely forget about being.
Hence our great disconnection with the present moment, with our body and with who we really are. Our mind lives jumping between past and future stories without any rest and keeps us busy in this vicious circle of doing.
And as in any vicious circle, you have to pause before breaking it.
Personally I was given that pause by the practice of yin yoga.
I still remember the discomfort during my first classes as my mind seemed to be more active than the usual and I couldn’t wait to change poses… and yet when I left, I felt incredible and that feeling was enough to make me come back again and again.
Thanks to Yin, with practice and cultivation of stillness - both in my body and my mind - I eventually began to give myself permission TO BE.
The other thing you might want to take into consideration is that when you want to slow down but still keep yourself busy, it is very easy to fall into the mental excuses of "I do not have time" or "I am very tired".
But it is in those moments that you need your practice the most. And Yin, especially if combined with Mindfulness, is an excellent practice as it gives you the mental and physical space to:
- observe yourself, your mental patterns and the stories you repeat over and over again;
- get in touch with your emotions without reacting to them or moving them away;
- listen to the needs of your body and nurture the deepest parts of yourself.
It’s great, isn’t it?
Especially if you consider other great benefits such as:
- reducing stress & anxiety
- promoting the flow of energy through the body
- activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the one allowing to relax, digest & sleep)
- increasing the degree of mobility & flexibility in your body
- keeping joints healthy
- helping the mind focus
- increasing concentration
- sending blood and energy to the organs and keeping them healthy
- preparing for deep states of meditation
- cultivating feelings of compassion & love for ourselves
I know that taking time for ourselves is difficult because of our daily routine and commitments but remember: the moment you are busy the most, is the moment you need your practice the most.