Being Yoga. Being intentional and deliberate and mindful. ✨
Honest vulnerability here- those words did not define my yoga practice 2 years ago. I listened as my teachers said them, and the act of practicing yoga surely required focus, but I did not allow for the deliberate intention that I now embrace.
✨I was on auto-pilot- completing the physical routine- in each moment, projecting on to the next activity. While practicing, my mind would be hours ahead; or years in the past. Rehearsing the present; Rehashing the past…anywhere but still and quiet where I would feel vulnerable.
✨Of course, I always recognized the benefits of yoga- I allowed myself to grow and develop as a yogi, I was part of a community, I found mentors and life-long friends….but it wasn’t until more recently, that I transformed, that I aligned with focus and stillness and presence. Again, words I had heard, but had not cultivated.
✨Breath. The connection of mind to body. Breath. It keeps us alive, and can also bring us to life. Presence through breath. Mindfulness through breath. Attention and focus on this moment- without enduring, without creating stories, without worry about future have- or have-nots, without work, without striving, without fear, without shame, without hurry, without avoidance. ✨Breath. Home-base, grounding force, tuned-in, this moment, here, nowhere to get to, no place to be. This moment. This Breath.
✨And here I am, the same Jessica I was 2 years ago, with passion and grit and energy and drive; but also with intention and mindfulness- with presence found in Breath- with discipline not always for more, bigger, faster, but for deliberate flow, deeper, calmer.
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