Wednesday when I finally had my lunch break at work, I was starving. I sat down with my sandwich, chips and drink and began to eat. I was distracted by thoughts and just kept taking bites from my sandwich without much thought or attention. Out of my lower vision something caught my attention...so I looked closer. It was a tiny spider sitting where I was about to bite! The spider was alive and seemed as surprised as I!!
This incident reminded me how often we take our eating for granted...eating our food mindlessly. I came very close to eating a spider and not even knowing it! (Not that it would have hurt me!) In our yoga practice we learn to focus on our bodies and our breath. But yoga does not end when we roll up our mats. The same focus we use on our mats, is used in our daily lives...focusing on all that we do. However, focusing on all we do, is a growth process. Each day we work on it, some days better than others. The spider in my sandwich reminded me that I was not very focused and brought me to a place of re- examining my focus in life.
Please share your stories of the challenges to focus in life on and off your mat or chair.
When we think of meditation, we often think of sitting on the floor in a cross legged or lotus position. Meditation can also be done in a chair. It is important that you are in a comfortable position to compliment your meditation practice.
Yoga Journal has a video that guides us into meditation in a chair. Give it a try!
Yesterday I was reading Matthew 6:25-34. It is the story about the lilies of the field that God dresses and cares for. In this scripture Jesus is encouraging his followers and us to not worry about our day to day needs as God will provide for us. Instead, put our focus on God instead of our needs. It is like when we do our breathing/centering time at the beginning of our practice. As we focus on our breathing, sometimes our mind wanders. When a thought of the day comes into our focus, we acknowledge it, file it away and gently turn our focus back to our breathing. Our daily focus sometimes gets stuck on a need or worry. Instead of dwelling on that need or worry, we lift it up to God in prayer, take some deep breaths and re-focus on life. We gently re-focus, not condemning ourselves, but using it as a time of growth and connection with God.
How does your breathing help you focus?
How does this entry make you feel?
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.