Day 53:Yoga Lessons from My Little Man

duds laughingOn March 1, 2014 my son was born. Each day this little man teaches me more about how to live my yoga than over ten years on my mat.

“Happiness comes from within you — it is not a place, a person, a situation, or an event.”

How often do you think back to that time you were really happy? Do you have a mental picture of what your life will look like to be happy? I do. Or rather I did. And it was not of me in the blue light of sunset dozing off as I nurse a baby to sleep. And it was not feeling that baby’s warm head rest against my shoulder as I, in a semi-conscious state, pat his back so he will sleep comfortably. This was not what happiness looked like. Yet, this is exactly what happiness looks like for me.

When I realized I was happy, I had a sensation of pleasure uplift me. There is a joy in recognizing I am happy…especially doing something that I thought of as tedious. Even as I write this the feeling is still there because I realize that I AM CONTENT in my life, in who I am, and the identities I wear. I suddenly feel more confident, lighter, and more forgiving of myself. I wonder how long have I been happy but wasn’t aware of it because my life didn’t match the ideal in my head of what things should look like for me to be happy. Can you wonder the same thing?

The Dalai Lama says “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” In your day to day activities — especially the activities that seem the most mundane — ask yourself “Am I happy? Are my actions fulfilling my soul?” The answer, whatever it is, can change you.

Day 52: Yoga Lesson from My Little Man

Atticus 2014 221On March 1, 2014 my son was born. Each day this little man teaches me more about how to live my yoga than over ten years on my mat.

“Get Some Sleep”

My little man just fell asleep…hopefully for some good long hours. To get him to go down has been an all day event despite his obvious fatigue. This evening his excessive sleepiness turned into full war cries as he uncontrollably flailed his arms and legs. As he screamed in my ear and I held firm onto his twisting and squirming body, I thought of how bitchy I get when I am tired. Think about it – how sweet are you when you are tired? Most likely you are a crabby ass.

Sleep is a way for our body and mind to recuperate from the day and renew for the day ahead. Yet, many of us skip on sleep as we try to pack in another email, TV episode, deadline, or drink thinking that “one more thing” will be the answer to our happiness, success, or relaxation. Get some sleep. Let the passed-out-guru’ s meltdown be a blessed reminder how important sleep is to our mind and body.

Day 48: Yoga Lesson from My Little Man

mt hoodOn March 1, 2014 my son was born. Each day this little man teaches me more about how to live my yoga than over ten years on my mat. 

“Nourish Yourself”

I was washing dishes and little man was sleeping. In the quiet of the time, I mentally scanned the list of all the tasks I could accomplish with my free time: fold laundry, do laundry, email, load pictures, computer work, write…the list kept on. As the list grew, my shoulders began to tense, I felt overwhelmed, and then suddenly I thought “Or I could meditate.” Instantly, my body softened and I felt calm and grounded. A nagging pull wanted to take me back to the endless list of demands but from the relaxed place in my heart and belly, I knew what I needed most was to meditate. I spend all day loving, feeding, and nourishing my family in every way. In the quiet of this time, I was to go within and nourish ME. So I did.

How can you nourish you?