What Does Practice Mean to You?
Be there for one another, Be present
Make it a Way of Life
What do you Practice?
My question to you is: what do you practice? If you practice being angry sitting in traffic, you cultivate this anger within you. In doing so you attract more situations like being angry at traffic to yourself. Soon the anger at traffic transmutes to anger at your co-workers, your family, yourself.
When you practice breathing and being mindful of your thoughts, the same person in traffic will find opportunity to breathe, to think, the same person will find opportunity and joy in this stillness. This stillness opens up the mind to ideas, opportunities, revelations and insight, whereas the anger stops this incredible wisdom from entering the conscious mind.
So the next time that you’re sitting in traffic, or if you’re like me and travel via subway and that subway just stops, take the opportunity to feel your body. Ground your sit bones on whatever surface it is you’re sitting upon, are they even? Watch your breath, are inhales melting into exhales? Is your breathing short or are you able to enjoy long, sinewy breaths, breaths that are elastic like taffy. Is your jaw tight? Can you unclench it? Is your brow relaxed or furled? Soon you’ll forget about the traffic and be ok with whatever the universe is serving you for the moment, because who knows, it could be for your highest good.
About the Author:
Kate Griffler is yoga teacher, dancer, choreographer and producer living in New York City. She has been teaching yoga since 2006 and currently teaches Intermediate Vinyasa, Power Flow, Basics, Gentle Yoga and meditation at Pure Yoga and to her private yoga students. She received her teacher 200 hour teacher training from Jhon Tamayo of Atmananda Yoga. Kate takes a therapeutic, yet fun approach to teaching. She works with everyone from beginners to advanced yogis. Her class focuses on achieving a greater awareness of the body mind connection with attention to alignment, movement stabilization connectivity, breath work and meditation.