Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full ??

Posted by Steve Currie, RYT on 1 March 2013 | 2 Comments

One of the of the key teachings of yoga is learning to become present to yourself and to your practice, allowing distraction1 Now and wandering of the mind to give way to the only time that is  I often play out this little trick near the end of class as I glance toward my empty wrist, stating that we must be nearing the close and ask the gang…”what time is it” ? NOW!!  they have learned to respond. Whether it’s time on the mat or the smile of child, or a welcome, warm embrace, these moments are precious times which can never be recreated in their purest experience, once they pass.  Yoga helps us sense, appreciate and drink in opportunities such as this, both on and off the mat.

What can get in the way of our savoring those opportune moments? Our inability to let go of things from our past. Sometimes these things have formed our belief systems for many years and we have a hard time letting them go. These samaskaras tend to shape how we view life and our ability to rise above previous beliefs or hurts in order to truly be present. I often think of Dr. David Simon’s video where he lovingly suggests we “lighten our loads."  He states;  "We are divinely entitled to seek happiness and to be happy. Lighten your load and free your heart. Don’t waste time, life is short, be happy.  There is no reason to not be happy.”  

So take a moment and think of one key thing that you really need to let go.  Close your eyes for a couple of breaths and do that now.

It may be that if it came quickly and that easily…there may be what came to mind, but there may be something that is even deeper that you may need to reconcile. These things…are very hard to admit to our largest critic, ourselves. So perhaps spend some time thinking about that this week. Do some real self inquiry. We often talk of the need to let go of things which no longer serve us. This is the letting go. This freeing up of past space makes room for today’s events, such as savouring a hug or smile…or slowing down your forward fold and enjoying every angle of it.  

This week I was reminded of a wonderful story about the cost of holding onto past hurts or beliefs which no longer serve a useful purpose to our long term happiness. Just as we practice our chaturanga, we need to practice the ability to let go. It is vitally important. 

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew that she was going to ask the ultimate question, “Half empty or half full?” But she fooled them all… “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on…..

As we look into what holds us back from truly becoming the radiant person we were meant to be, let us allow ourselves to put the things down which no longer serve us, lighten your load and free your heart.

Namaste Sisters and Brothers.

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