In general, us Westerners have a hell of a time being still. If there’s one thing I learned from teaching hot yoga in one of the most non-stop cities in the world, it’s that when we feel uncomfortable, practicing stillness becomes nearly impossible.
This was most evident in the practice of Savasana, a posture that translates from Sanskrit to “corpse pose,” which requires complete stillness and relaxation. In Hatha Yoga, Savasana is practiced right after a more vigorous posture, and though it requires little of us, the stillness and relaxation is far easier said than done.
I feel at the precipice of a breakthrough. What Oprah likes to call an aha moment. Or at the very least, the time has come for a proper digestion; a moment to reflect and mine for the gold. Although it’s the running joke now, January really did start with a kick in the rear. And as February is now inching towards March, I feel like I’m finally coming up for air.
Alas, the phoenix has risen, after what felt like a long and slow death.
This article first appeared on The Montague Reporter,
under my monthly column called “The Life and Times of an Indie Mama”
Anyone out there reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose alongside Oprah and millions of other people around the world? Since mid-January, they’ve been doing a chapter a week, and discussing it on O’s Supersoul podcast.
I gotta admit- I’ve never been part of Oprah’s bookclub. But I have been an avid listener to her podcast over the last 6 months (and it’s been life changing). Plus, I was gifted this book by a friend, and it sat unread for over a year. So I dusted it off and dived in.