If you had to chose one word to describe 2014 what would it be? I asked this in class last night and I realized the first word that came to mind for me was “worry”. That isn’t the totality of my experience of the year but it certainly took up more of my mental space than I care to admit. The thing about worrying is that it deprives you of joy and takes your attention away from the present. The mind leaps into the future and fills up with thoughts of what could happen, but these aren’t thoughts of possibility or opportunity. They are often worst case scenarios of loss, sadness or anger. There is a quote that,”worrying is like praying for what you don’t want” and I think there is some truth to that. Rarely do the worst case scenarios come true (thankfully) but rarely do the limitless opprotunites and possibilities. Instead complacency and unease tend to settle in. The crazy thing is that I know what drives worry away…taking a deep breath, coming back to the present, finding a moment of gratitude for what is. All the things that happen on my mat and that I strive to take off the mat and into my daily life. In yoga we often say, take a deep inhale and notice what no longer serves you and with a full exhale let it go. On the last day of 2014, I invite you to reflect on the past year and release what no longer serves you, allowing space to open up for the all potential the new year offers.
with deep gratitude for your practice,