“The world is drawn to one
with understanding of the Tao.
The sage journeys in secure, safe, calm peace.”
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35 translated by Holly Roberts (2005)
“Resilience is not so much the absence of or muscling through the very real challenges we are experiencing. Authentic resilience is reflected our ability to access and re-econnect to our inner resources of mind and body that allows us to bounce back renewed and revitalized”
At this time of year our usual message to you in this space is offer a reminder that getting back in action after a normal Winter of diminished activity brings its own set of challenges to our well-being.
It has been almost one year since the pandemic initiated the shutdown of our society. In that time so many have lived with immense challenges Significant losses and lifestyle changes, a long “winter” of sedentary living and ongoing stressors to which we are still adjusting.
Sedentary lifestyles can over time disengage us from our center of movement health; the healthy movement foundations from which we may best enjoy comfort and ease in what we do in our lives.
This element of being fit and truly well is so often neglected. Yet it can be the key missing piece in creating a safe and enjoyable experience as you return to the active lifestyle of the Spring and Summer season
The negative health effects of accumulated stress, anxiety or depression, whether Covid related or otherwise, the “movement starvation” of being forced indoors and challenges created by loss or other changes in our working and family life can creep up on us in unexpected ways.
While we have hope now that we are making progress in re-opening society; all that has happened may have left us depleted in very fundamental ways. It is important to be sensitive to your own process and needs: noticing with compassion if there are any messages from within pertaining to your well-being that need to be heard.
Resilience is not so much the absence of or muscling through the very real challenges we are experiencing. Authentic resilience is reflected our ability access and re-connect to our inner resources of mind and body that allows us to bounce back renewed and revitalized.
Our work here in Yoga, meditation and other self-care practices is movement and mindfulness designed as a compliment to fitness work and the “larger” activities of our lives. Rebuilding and remaining connected to the strength and resilience within allows us a more skillful and conscious antidote to so much stress and sedentary living.
And for so many taking time to re-create and restore this foundation may have taken a temporary backseat this last year with all that has been going on. If so, now can the time to for you revisit them.
These efforts to get back to being our best need not be herculean or overwhelming. Carving out time for a yoga class, a short daily sitting meditation or simple reminders to breath and relax can serve you well as you get back to healthy habits. Taking that one step toward getting started is the springboard toward ongoing action and getting back the more “secure, safe, calm peace” described by Loa Lze.