Day 55: Yoga Lessons from My Little Man

Atticus 2014 354On 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.

“Change is inevitable.”

Little Man has outgrown his first set of socks. Like all change, this creates mixed emotions. I am sad that he is growing and I am thrilled he is growing. Growing big, growing up, growing.

Change is inevitable. Change is an opportunity for us to learn, grow, see new ways. With all change we must decide if we grow with it or resist it and get stuck as everything grows up and out around us.

Day 54: Yoga Lessons from My Little Man

On 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.

Beautiful music is the art of theĀ  prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the mostĀ  magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” ~Martin Luther

How many times in your life have you turned to music when you are down or turned up the radio LOUD to match your joy? Music can carry us forward, take us to the past, or root us into the present.

When Little Man cries, when he is tired but won’t sleep, when I am at my wits end, Little Man and I dance. I turn on the radio and the music starts to fill the room and both he and I get quiet as we fall into a rhythm. We dance with the melody, waltz with the harmony, and twirl through the lyrics. Music saves us both.

Music is so powerful and I think it is easy to let it be only background noise. How does music move you? Take time to flow, float, and soar with the different waves of sound…music really is magic.

 

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.