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Manifesto Monday: Relax

3.31.2009

photo by me 3.15.09 down by the river

As a yoga instructor, I often find myself repeating to the other students, "relax into the pose...you'll go deeper by relaxing rather than forcing." I say this aloud to others at least nine times a day throughout the different classes I teach.

Today I took a bit of my own medicine. I met with one of my professors to go over a rough draft of a term paper. We went over it, and I receieved some good direction on my project. However, the best part of the meeting was when I relaxed and surrendered...I spilled my guts. I exposed my heart, and let down my defenses. I sighed into relaxation, letting go of what I thought I was supposed to be in front of my professor. She gave me the best advice ever--which was what I already knew about myself, but was just afraid to let go and let it consume me.

As we let go of trying to be something else, and give in to be what we were meant to be (human!) then all things take their natural path. The grass never worries about being as tall as the trees. So I will not worry about being something I am not. I will relax. And I will find peace. This I believe.

2 comments:

Andrea said...

Thank you. I needed that.

Karen said...

I am taking some of that advice this week....I have found myself in a state of lock down from doing too much yoga!! It is good to find the balance! And guess what! I can do headstand now! Yeah ME! It is all an amazing journey! Thanks for the reminder!