The 23rd Sept is equal day and night hours, it is the equinox. A time to reflect on how we can bring balance to our lives.
Our yoga class gives us the opportunity to observe with total attention. This is something to aim for in all of life’s activities, however, in our yoga practice we can train for such concentration. You may have heard it referred to as ‘Mindfulness’, a concept from Buddism, embraced by western psychology, and gone totally mainstream.
At the Equinox you may become aware that you are more energetic or aware of the need to stop and smell the new blooms. A strong sense of what is needed for this balance maybe available if you listen.
Instead of making a judgement when observing your body or mind-heart or life force, trying to discover why or how any imbalance has occurred, make a resolution to simply take action.
If possible try this yoga posture now. Eg Tadasana, Mountain pose: Stand with your feet under your hips, lift the toes and spread them, place them down. Bring your attention to the big toe ball, the little toe ball and the heel, the sides, inside and outside of the feet. Observe the other muscles that may support the function of the feet. Resolve to stand evenly on your feet and sway back, forward, side to side and activate muscles that ensure you feel the three arches of the feet.
Eg2 If your mind is distracted gently focus on the architecture of your body and your proprioception, where your body is in space. Your spinal alignment. Where your centre is. Weight evenly diatributed. Follow your breath, relax and use your dristi, your gentle gaze, to focus on the task at hand.
Bring attention to the spaces around you and release from the sensual experiences.
Three deep sighs and release attention from the breath and move to the body.
Alternate attention at each side of the body (from the extremities inward guided relaxation).
Rest at the heart centre, just observe the energy at the centre of the chest.
Release attention from the body and move to the place of thought, imagination &memory.
Come to present moment awareness.
Imagine you are perfectly still , balanced and serene floating in lake with a sand bottom, the sky reflecting a turquoise hue, …………… enveloped in the colour, light, buoyant and refreshed.
Allow your focus to move to any imbalance you have observed in your body, mind-heart or energy.
If and when you make such and observation, do not chase thoughts of explanation, although euphonies and realisations may spontaneously occur. Just observe without criticism, without judgement, perhaps being a little light-hearted about “Oh look how I do that?” being curious, “That’s interesting how I respond that way”.
From here you may like to enquire into how to allow balance to arise in your body, mind-heart, energy. “how can I take action to redress the imbalance??”
Once again do not chase an answer. It may come now, it may come later when you awareness returns to the place of asymmetry or imbalance in everyday life.
Trust that you have all the tools to know what action to take within you.
Just resolve now to take action when it is clear what action will be helpful.
Release and traces of this observation and enquiry into serene blue of that lake that surrounds you.
Rest now in silence.