As a teenager I always loved flipping through my copy of Seventeen Magazine each month to take the quizzes. I found it fascinating that by answering just a few simple questions I could learn what my taste in fashion said about my relationship style, or my favorite color said about my personality. Now, quizzes like these are readily available online and can tell you everything from the perfect pet for you to who you should vote for in the next election. Although these quizzes are all really just for fun, I'm still curious to learn more about myself through guided formats like this. That's why I LOVE studying the chakras in my yoga practice.
Chakras are energy centers within your body. Each relates to a different aspect of your life, like your communication style and intuition. They can change through life experiences or circumstances and often reveal new information that can help you get to know yourself better. An experienced yoga teacher can guide you through an exploration of your chakras using yoga postures and asking questions that allow you to reflect on your own unique experiences. Then, provide recommendations for ways to find more balance in your life.
Patience... As we move closer each moment to the day we're able to open our doors, I considered posting a construction update. This update would be complete with pictures of concrete trucks, piping, and metal support beams. But really those aren't too exciting in and of themselves. It's what those construction scene pictures represent that's important. When Jason decided he would take the leap to leave his career behind and follow his dreams in 2011, I decided to fully support him, no matter what. Little did I know just how challenging bringing a business to life would be... and that it would take five years to get where we are today. Each time I thought we were this close to finding the right location or closing a big deal we found that we had to wait. Let's face it, when we finally decide what we want to be when we grow up, we want to be grown up and doing it NOW! Especially when you figure it out later in life. But that's not how life works. It takes patience, it takes waiting, it takes time. Having patience is something I continually learn each and every day. I find it's easier to wait when I can see progress right in front of me. The dream becomes more clear moment by moment. But what about those times when it seems like you're making no progress, or are even moving backwards? Yuck. No one likes that feeling... but it's still important, because that's where patience truly grows.
When I began yoga I wanted to move right into the fullest expression of all the postures the first time I saw them. Then, reality set in. I needed to build strength, flexibility, and focus before I could do that. Each time I reached for my toes they seemed to be getting a little closer. Progress! Then, as a college student, I got caught up in papers, exams, and projects. When I returned to my yoga practice a few weeks later, my toes were not where I remembered them being the last time I reached toward them. Sigh... moving backwards. I continued to reach for them class after class and in no time they were nearing my fingers again. Hooray... progress once more! But I've learned over the years that yoga isn't really about touching my toes. It's about recognizing where my mind and body are in the present moment, breathing, and finding contentment in that place, no matter where it is. Is it always easy? No. Do I continue to try to find contentment every time, even when it's hard? Absolutely.
So, these pictures aren't really about concrete, piping, and metal beams. They're about the journey we've been on day after day, month after month, year after year. Today I'm finding contentment in this moment, just breathing, and enjoying the path I'm on.
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