You know those times when you have a plan in mind and then something completely different happens? It happens all the time, right? But in so many ways, it ends up working out exactly as it was meant to.
Well I had a plan today - to write about all the different opportunities that we get to start over. But then, I laid in savasana yesterday morning for a long 10-15 minutes and realized that the opportunities that we get to begin again are truly endless.
Endless, depending on how we choose to look at them.
As someone who loves to try and control outcomes, it takes a lot of trust, courage and patience to understand that things will work out exactly as they're meant to. Perhaps this awareness comes with time and experience of seeing this happen again and again, but I always feel a big release of pressure when I loosen the grip just a little on the outcome.
I am not here to be right. I am here to get it right. - Brené Brown
When things don't feel in alignment, we can always look at it as another opportunity to recalibrate and begin again OR we can find the frustration and dis-ease in it. We get to choose, right?
Perhaps we begin again with a relationship or a job or a yoga practice. Maybe we begin again at the start of a new week, new month or a new moon cycle. Or maybe those moments feel too monumental for what's in front of us, so we can begin again at the start of a new day.
We can recalibrate at the beginning of every day. And then at the beginning of every transition during that day and even at the beginning of this very next breath. See where I'm going? The possibilities can be endless.
So why did this come up in savasana? Because the practice of savasana (corpse pose) is an opportunity to begin again. In the practice, we give our bodies a moment to find total relaxation and allow ourselves to be completely still. It's a reset at the end of an asana practice - a moment to recalibrate our energy, brain, systems and tissues of the body. And at the end of corpse pose we reawaken - from the little death to living - and begin again.
So I'm curious to know - what feels stuck right now and where can you use this as an opportunity to begin again?
Micro Meditation // Begin Again
Allow your eyes to find a point in front of you on the ground to focus on, so your eyelids can be soft.
Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly.
Feel your belly rise with every inhale and your belly fall with every exhale.
Then start to pay attention to just this next breath in.
And just the next breath out.
Notice how at the end of each inhale, the exhale starts over and vice versa.
Follow five more breaths and allow each breath to represent an opportunity to begin again.