The other day I had lunch with a friend and walking to the restaurant I could see the stress showing on parts of the body by the stoop and the tiny limp. The speech of this person was fast and without breath. I knew as a good friend I had to say something, this person was in their 60s and trying to be and act like they were 30 years. With use of my yoga knowledge I tried to explain what is happening and the importance of balance and down time including getting back to nature, slowing down, relaxation and breathing and its importance. It was difficult to convince this person that their busy badge should be replaced with a slowing down badge. Even when I explained in Western science terms, what is going on inside the body at this time of life, I could see the stubborn forceful side come out in this person.
It is living proof that we just we have forgotten to listen to our bodies and our inner wisdom as we move into the senior years of our life…….
Originally posted on Buddhi Mind:
Life has a wonderful way of reminding us about what’s important.
About a month ago a number of unexpected events occurred in my life, one after the other, in fact all within a week; and these were pretty big ones including death of a family member and moving house. I was propelled from a place of stability and ease to uncertainty and worry. My mind was constantly busy; I felt disconnected from my heart and the effortless rhythm of life. In the midst of organising, arranging and DOING, I forgot to make time for BEING. A few weeks later, I remember walking my dog down by the river (something I do everyday) and feeling an overwhelming sense of peace. I took in the trees and the sky, the gentle breeze, the smells, everything; I breathed in life and it was good. I realised two things in that moment; firstly, how…
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Take a deep breath in and very slowly release it.
Now do it again and notice the PAUSE at the end and beginning of the breath.
Got it?? if not try a few times.
These PAUSES in our breath teach us we need to PAUSE in our life.
Instead of rushing from one job to the next and hyping up our nervous system TRY THIS
After the completion of each job PAUSE take the time to acknowledge and appreciate that jobs completion.
Do this by taking a few slow breaths (approx 5), concentrating on the out breath and making it longer than the in breath and the release your body gets towards the end of the out breath
Do this a few times taking in the PAUSES in the breath.
Then decide your next task! and repeat the process.