Now would you think, by the frenzied gift buying, manic grocery store visits and harried travel plans that go crazy, that this is the season of peace, love, forgiveness and brotherhood? Everyone is out, desperately trying to ready themselves for this season. Yet how many are aware that they are even moving through the day?
Are you aware?
How many at this moment are happy? Do they feel the love in what they are doing or are they frazzled by the whole silly season?
The key is to become aware, of yourself and your surroundings. Become aware of what is brewing inside of you and that this is not the way to live the season. Become aware and get to your know yourself inside and out.
Our beings truly do depend on this. And when you do become aware - life begins to happen, at a more conscious level, helping you to feel that you are connected to this life. To move at a slower more conscious stride, truly has an uplifting effect.
Life can be more peaceful when we are aware
As you step onto your path for the New Year don't try to force resolutions on yourself. Rather, try to slowly incorporate new ideas that will help you become aware in the New Year.
Yoga brings such awareness. Yoga is a place of observation, practice, strength, kindness, love, and an increased awareness of your body and your being.
Yoga calms you and brings awareness to your body and mind!
Yoga can teach you to feel that your tailbone is not in alignment, that you need core strength, or that your thighs need firming up. With practice and observation you can not only do the poses but you feel within yourself whether or not they feel right. You can learn to flatten your shoulder blades on to your back. You can learn to isolate your collarbone and move it down in your body to alleviate neck and jaw tension. You can learn to center your strength within your core.
With yoga you can take these practices, using awareness, to move inside of your body and into your mind.
Yoga also allows you to find and focus on your breath. Breathe in and breathe out. You feel the breath going into your lungs, the use of your diaphragm and its rise and fall. You can feel the abdominal muscles helping to empty your breath from the base of your body. With practice you become aware, and with that awareness you find that every breath counts and brings you into the now.
In your new found awareness you can go through all the motions in your day, and actually feel it, breathe it and love that you are aware. Say yes to Yoga this year, and find the practice of mind, body, strength and awareness at the same time.
May your New Year be peaceful, aware, mindful, and bring light into all the loves of your life.