The storm is upon us. The body follows the mind, and right now stress seems to be permeating the global experience. Now, more than ever physical body spiritual practices important for connection and stepping into the storm. Things are not easy for many right now (but when are they truly ever easy). We are getting to step into our tests in new ways, and as we step into engaging spirituality, the divine, and intuition we cannot forget to include the body. The body follows the mind. When we are crippled by stress or overwhelmed by life the body reacts. For many this means sore backs, achy joints, loss of mobility or even sickness. The phrase “I’m worried sick”, become literal.
When we move the body, we are moving energy. When we sweat we are building heat, we are breathing, we are engaging stagnation that might reside in the body. This all helps us to move into the life experience we are facing off our yoga mats. A lot of times I know my students come to class to get away from the storm. They hope to leave it behind for the 90min that we are together. They hope that by avoiding the chaos that it might disappear. I encourage a different approach. When we invite our chaos to the mat, when we invite it to the practice we engage the storm, we get to play in the puddles, and we move the energy. We are not empowering the chaos, but we are proactively engaging it. We burn off the physical and mental stress, and invite the body into the spiritual process.
You can use any physical body practice to do this work. I recommend yoga because it elongate the body, opens the joints, we are engaging in focused breathing, and each asana is a meditation. Spirituality is built into the yoga practice. Start your practice with an intention. If you are inviting life to the mat you could start like this: “Beloved chaos, I invite you to the mat… flow through me, ignite my body, bring clarity to my mind, and let’s be at peace.”
Yesterday as I was walking home, my umbrella fell apart. For a moment, I felt anger surge through me. I did not avoid or run away from being angry, I sat with it. Then I looked at my mangled umbrella, the up at the gray sky and laughed. I l asked the rain to cleanse me, and perhaps that was the gift my umbrella was offering me. I was able to engage the storm in a literal experience, and it was beautiful
Where is the storm in your life? What do you do to engage the storm?
You are loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine.