LESSONS FROM MY YOGA MAT: TAKING IT EASY

Not very long ago, there was a time when I was full of angst, and desperate to unleash it. The anger was so great that it was like I am a dragon ready to spit fire to anyone to dare to contradict me or even get in my way when I am upset or angry.

Since I felt misunderstood in some of my relationships, I’d fight battles I knew I wouldn’t win and then only consider letting go after a mini emotional break down.

I needed to tire myself out in order to surrender. I needed to fully defuse my distress to give myself some peace. Though I wouldn’t have admitted it, I was addicted to that drama. It was only when I broke down that I felt any relief and believe me, it wasn’t an easy task to do. And it has been years, so many years that it has been greatly weighing me down too much. Every time I remember something bad that happened in the past, I felt I want to go out for a kill. I was like a slave to anger, resentments etc etc.

Most of the time, I carried my anguish in my body, like a thick layer of nerves right below the surface. I was a constantly bubbling volcano, eager to erupt.

I have taken into practicing meditation and yoga and I no longer fight through life in this way, but there are times when I feel a pervasive sense of alarm, a low-level sense of nervousness that is lessened but not fully eliminated through meditation.

It’s usually when responsibilities and deadlines are piling up, and I worry that it won’t all get done and add to that, the chores I wanted to get done, the books I need to read for a well-deserved review, crossing out the things from my “to do list” and a whole lot more. More often than not, 24 hours is not enough for me to do all that things I wanted to do.

But the thing is: It always does. And it’s not usually because of worrying, over-analyzing, or any other type of stressful mental activity.

Things get done because I am capable—not because I fight to finish.

What I’ve learned is that surrender doesn’t have to follow battle. It doesn’t have to be a side effect of exhausting ourselves in some way, mentally, physically, or emotionally.

Surrender is a choice to be easy, to nurture a sense of inner calm that can carry us through even the most difficult circumstances.

It’s choosing not create drama where it doesn’t need to be, and realizing life doesn’t have to feel like a series of conflicts and crises.

It’s letting go of the need for control and realizing that, whatever happens, we’ll be okay.

It’s easier to say, “Be easy,” than it is to actually do it, ironically, because it takes effort to stop expelling so much effort—to refrain from spinning in circles in our heads and simply take life as it comes at us.

The good news is that we have countless opportunities to practice easing in the moment.

It helps when we remember: Our power isn’t in our ability to fight life. It’s in recognizing when we don’t have to struggle.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

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