Ways of Dealing: When Things Don't Do What We Expect

Hello!

The people here in Marquette, Michigan know I have been away for the last week. I went on a lovely vacation to beautiful Hawaii! The weather was perfect, and I found out I really had no idea what the climate would be like. We stayed in an amazing resort nestled inside a lava desert between 3 volcanoes! Seriously!

What didn't I expect? Well, I didn't expect the sun to be so intense (ahh - so welcome!!!) or for there to be so little internet access. - So if you were wondering where the blog was, I suppose I could say Pele, the volcano, ate my blog post. :)

So here we are, a little late with the post that would normally come to you on Thursday.

What was once a momentary running around the resort trying to figure out why the internet wouldn't work, has now become some ways to deal with the haywire that sometimes happens in life? Yoga is so great!

I thought about this problem and how the feeling of it, initially reminded me of the days when I was working in the schools. I had a few times the technology I needed so much for class would eat it for a day - I used to really get upset, frustrated, stressed about the whole thing. Hours would be taken from me, and probably my attention for my students, by my intense worry over everything.

But then yoga comes along and says - "yep we need to practice what is called asteya (non-stealing)." I could have let my vacation be stolen by worry and fear over what would happen as my blog sat unchanged for a week.

Rainbow Falls, in Hilo, Hawaii

Rainbow Falls, in Hilo, Hawaii

While it really did upset me, (and oh, how I thought of all the wonderful things I could be writing!) I spent a little time thinking - what is the best yoga has to tell me about this? Eventually, I decided that I needed to refrain from stealing my vacation from myself, and to refrain from stealing the rested yoga teacher from my students the week after vacation!

I mediated a lot during my vacation, multiple times a day. I sometimes added extra sessions of meditation just to really sit with the idea of non-stealing in this context. I also did my standard meditation. I worked with all that time to remain steady in my mind. The yoga sutras say that "effort toward steadiness of mind is yoga." I began trust that I could return and write to you from a much better, and well-rested state if I was not practicing the habit of stress during my vacation!

Can you relate? Can you think of times when the circumstances just wouldn't let you care for something important?

All of us have times like this. I like to think of it as training in my practiceWhat good is practicing yoga if it doesn't really do anything for us at moments when it counts? 

When you are frustrated, upset, even worried - spending hours in the worry or stress of it:

1. doesn't make anything change, and

2. doesn't make it any more pleasant for people do work with you to improve or fix whatever it is.

We are better prepared and can take more effective action from a calm, and steady state of mind.

I feel this is true in my own experience. And I wonder if you can think of instances when this was true for you, too.

 

Yoga Thoughts of the Day:

What might I be stealing from myself through my worries, stress or other negative emotions?

How can I be kind to myself and others?

What yoga practice might help me do this?

Yoga Practice of the Day: Meditation (start where you are, or at 2 minutes if you are totally new).

 

Classes start tomorrow. I will write again on Thursday. <3