I love how every time I go to yoga class, a word sticks out that connects with my ABC-blog assignment for the day! 🙂 Thanks, yoga teachers! Thanks, universe!
Today’s word that stuck with me was “quiet.”
Sunday mornings always bring a special kind of quiet that I love. Everyone’s sleeping in so no lawn mowing, no cars and buses, no kids running around. And it’s especially nice on a cool morning like it was today. I can open all the windows and just revel in the quiet. It helps to quiet my mind, too. Something that rarely happens. And these days, my Sunday mornings have been busy, too, so my Sunday morning quiet hasn’t always been available to me.
(This photo is not taken by me, unlike most blog images. This is from online.)
During these times of quiet, I focus on my breath. I realize then how shallow my breathing is usually, and with a focus on deeper breath, I feel calmer and replenished of healthy, fresh life force (or as it’s called in yoga, prana).
My mind also slows down, and I realize then how much I am thinking about a million things at once. At work, especially. When things are quiet, I can let my mind wander and not be so scattered. That takes some practice and focus, too.
Since I’ve been living on my own, I’ve been watching way less TV. I usually just have music on as background murmur. But with music, it’s just my ears that get stimulus. When I’m watching TV, my eyes, my ears, my mind are all being stimulated, and I find that I can’t concentrate on anything but what’s on the TV. Since I’ve been watching less TV, I’ve found it easier to be quiet and I’ve enjoyed it. I’m not the type that would ever give up my TV, but I could deal with not having supreme cable. I like having the TV for specials and also to watch movies. But crazy sensory overload of regular TV with its commercials, loud sounds, and bright colors is not something I miss.
I’ve been a little stressed with some things related to my upcoming trip– namely my lack of a plan. I’m trying to have some kind of plan but also let myself be OK with not having a rigid plan, and it’s been hard to allay my fears and nerves about the ambiguity of it all. But during these times of quiet, I can more easily let the stress go and live in the quiet. I’m learning to let go. To let things happen, and so far things have been happening. I know I have a safety net of money, family, and my own intellect. So what more do you need?