Just Let Go....
Sometimes hearing these very words makes one want to punch the nearest dreadlocked sandal wearing hippy doesn't it? How can you “chill man” when life is pulling you in all directions? When responsibilities call, bills pile up and dinner needs to be put on the table?
I mean, how is the world going to turn if you don’t turn up one day?
I know, it’s easier said than done. I know it is hard bloody work to juggle everything, and then deal with releasing stress. (That's why I do yoga). We are fighting expectations from ourselves, our families, our friends, the workplace, the world at large.
In the yoga world we ask our students to let go of any heaviness as part of our practice, but we also have a super special practice in Restorative Yoga that makes us feel whole again. We create space, away from the noise of our lives. And away from the noise we can just Be.
We allow the breath to weave it's way into all corners of the body, expanding the body from the inside out. With the exhale, we release the solidity of our physical bodies, and the heaviness of our mental space into the mat. We allow the soothing sounds of a beautiful playlist to permeate the layers of our body.
In essence, we let go.
It is a really really beautiful practice, that requires not much more of you than just turning up – we lay over bolsters, have eye bags and blankets to help make the 2 hour session a truly lush experience .
A regular restorative practice helps to bring a little more inner harmony more regularly into our days.
During the class this week I read a piece called "She Let Go" which resonated with many.
I was asked to share...so here it is.
Oh, and do yourself a favour sometime...find a restorative class and check it out...you won't be sorry.
She let go.
Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a
book on how to let go
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Here’s to giving ourselves the gift of letting go
by Rev Safire Rose