Creating Space

Louisiana 21014 032Do you ever wake up with the mind in overdrive? Do you have those relentless thoughts of “what if”? Some days it’s as though everything has collapsed in on itself and it seems that there’s no way out. In yoga, these are the times when we focus on the element of Space, which is another way of saying that we regain perspective. Space is the container of all elements: earth, air, water, and fire that are represented in the body as our bones, our breath, our fluids, and our digestion. Within Space, we get the perspective of seeing ourselves as a whole being, not just the thoughts or the body. We invite a sense of being limitless, connected, free, and infinite. It requires a change of mind and attitude, which are often under our control. If you can’t get there alone, it’s a sign to ask for some help. There are things in life that open you up, and there are things that shut you down. Take a look and see if this is true for you.

Spacious openings:

  • Being in nature, daily if you can
    Laughing; funny movies, books, situations, and memories
    Gratitude for anything and everything
    Love for others and for yourself
    Feeling kindness and joy
    Feeling acceptance of what is
    Music and being creative
    Writing, journaling, painting drawing, and any creative effort
    The support of friends and family
    Something to look forward to
    Rest
    Yoga and meditation, tai chi and chi kung.

Things that are limiting and can shut you down:

  • Being in fear or anger
    Frustration and impatience
    High expectations
    Trying to do too much/ perfectionism
    Being in judgement of yourself or others
    Grief
    Pushing people away
    TV, news programs
    Staying inside
    Eating to numb feelings
    Thinking you’re alone

Just reading the list causes me to have different feelings in my heart. How about you? The next time the tyrannical mind takes over, pick some items from the “opening” list and try them out.

May you be open to what lifts your spirits and brings you peace.

Susan Whitaker About Susan Whitaker

Susan is the owner of Canyon Spirit Yoga Center in Auburn, Ca. and primary yoga instructor at Wellness Within. She has Yoga teaching certifications from Kripalu Center and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Susan continues to teach and study in the areas of yoga therapy, creating individual practices, and yoga as a healing art.

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