Slow down

So much happened this week. Maybe I had a little too much on my plate because on Saturday morning I threw my back out. I could only stand up straight and walk. Doing a Sun Salutation or to sit on a cushion was out of the question. So I had to cancel my online yoga class unfortunately.

Pretty frustrating, being a yoga teacher and not able to move on the mat. Maybe my body is trying to tell me that I can’t keep up with everything: making sure the kids are doing well at school, householding, renovating, setting up an online business, starting an new course, learning a new language, maintaining new and old friendships. I can go on and on.

I’m sure you recognize this: having too much on your plate. Why is it so hard to slow down a little? Why do we expect so much of ourselves. We all know it, but it looks like we’re trapped.

Nature Therapy

Luckily for me I started the Nature Therapy cours last week. Because this cours is all about slowing down. In the rat race we live in, I think slowing down is the best medicine. And we don’t have to change our lives. If we just could slow down a few moments a day. That’s doable and lifechanging.

I’d like to share a poem by Danna Faulds. Read it, breath and just be for a moment. Switch from doing to being and rest for a while. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing. What matters is the pause:

It only takes a reminder to breathe,
a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes
space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgment drops to a whisper and I
remember again that life isn’t a relay
race; that we will all cross the finish
line; that waking up to life is what we
were born for. As many times as I forget,
catch myself charging forward
without even knowing where I’m going,
that many times I can make the choice
to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk
slowly into the mystery

Join me

My back is doing beter each day, so I assume I will be able to do the online yoga class this Saturday. Register here if you want to join:


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