Six weeks ago, but who’s counting, I hurt my back. Instead of going to the gym, I’ve been going to physical therapy.
I’m having withdrawal from the gym and my Yoga class.
I have been going to Yoga class for almost a year. At first, I could barely get through trying to ‘get centered.’ I kept thinking. I wish this part would be over. I thought Yoga was for ‘the other types people,’ and I wondered why I was going to class. You know the ones I mean–they walk slower than us ‘quick types.’
Now I know why I go. I’ve learned to pay attention to my mind and my body.
Now I look forward to putting things out of my mine and just ‘sitting’. I went out and bought a beautiful poster which says the following:
Namaste: I honor in you the spirit which is in me.
Here’s a little explanation. The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore,namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”
Everything about Yoga is about being able to focus and be present. Being present is often one of the most difficult concepts to accept. Being present in business and not projecting into the future or the past is hard for many owners. With all types of distractions, it’s more difficult to focus on anything for a short period of time. The value of focus shouldn’t be underestimated. It seems like the new diagnosis for anyone who can’t sit still is adult attention deficit.
I’m not a physician, but I know my own problem with focus goes back to my childhood when anxiety ruled by life. Some focused group work through the years, along with Yoga, has helped me determine what’s important in my life and simply, ‘pay attention.’
Having clarity is the ability to see things as they are before you act. This state is challenging for many of us, but it’s something that has extraordinary value. We all know that no matter the size of the challenge, clear thinking is important. It takes time and focus; both of which are hard to maintain for us “get it done types.” The more we can focus and stay centered, the more likely we’ll come up with a better solution.
We often talk about empathy in business. Understanding what other’s need and then learning how to give it to them or help them get it helps us build solid relationships. It takes time and understanding. Having enough time is what many of us wish for. Maybe it’s not that we need more time, maybe we just need to use what we have in a better way.
I have found that Yoga has helped me realize that I can be still. For me, this has been a hard lesson to learn. My normal state is being active and thinking that’s the only way things get accomplished. I’m beginning to realize there’s much to be gained by just sitting and staring.
If peace and focus is something you’re yearning, find a Yoga class to attend. The calmness is something that doesn’t happen right away but don’t hurry the process. It’s hard to unlearn what you’ve been doing for years; it might take more than one class.
Lisbeth help individuals determine what’s important to their success and how to achieve it. She can be reached through her web site, www.lisbethcalandrino.com.