Updated: Sep 30, 2019
The wisdom of the ancient practices that calls on us to create time in the day to connect to our bodies, breathe deeply and put our minds in the moment, is now more necessary than ever before. With the pace of our modern day lives making it all too easy to ignore our need for balance, we can become accustomed to ignoring fatigue, discomfort and even pain. For years we can live life just getting to Christmas, half term, that holiday or deadline, without stopping to reflect on how we are living or who we are becoming.
In our fast paced lives, we can often loose track of how we feel and what truly gives us joy and brings us peace. Stress can become our natural state and that can show up in many different ways including irritability, anger, apathy and depression. Stress is our survival mode and when stress rules, we tend to stay with what we know, even if staying with what we know is not a happy place to be. Just like the bear who is set free after years of confinement and, instead of running free, chooses to stay in the same limited space exactly the same size as its former cage, we too get into habits that restrict us even when we have the choice to be free. Whether we move, hold postures, dance, or sit in stillness, having a regular practice where we focus on listening to and following our bodies guidance can be profoundly healing, insightful and magical. Even a short practice can strengthen us physically and emotionally, leading us to deeper peace and joy - our natural state of being.