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Quieting My Monkey Mind on My Mat

April 16, 2016

Coming to my mat today my brain was racing. I couldn't stop the thoughts worries concerns fears...


During the first pose of class - laying on our backs - the teacher encouraged the class to breathe and focus on the present moment, but I couldn't. Instead I struggled.


Thoughts and questions kept popping up. Ideas sprang forward. Worries circled in my peripheral vision. Fears crouched in the shadows. Concerns blanked everything like a layer of snow.


I fought against my thoughts and worries and tried slaying them one after another. This isn't a new technique - it's one that I fall back on in moments where my mind is spiraling. It never works though. Thankfully I knew deep down that fighting against mySelf wasn't going to help, and after a few moments I just let myself be.


I stopped trying. Instead, I took a HUGE step back from what was going on in my mind and my heart and I just observed.


As we began to move, I began focusing on my breath. Inhale. Exhale. Over and over my I let each breath wash over me and slowly the thought explosion began to subside, began to quiet. I found each breath linked to a movement and each movement liked to spaciousness inside of me.


Slowly I was letting go. I was releasing thoughts, emotions, and fears. I was choosing inner stillness to allow my body to move freely. And it was just what I needed.

Each pose was a chance to let go of everything else and to be fully immersed and focused.

Each breath was an opportunity to be completely alive.

Each moment was a gift to connect to reality and to my true self.

Right there. Right then.


After the fourth salutation, while standing tall in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) I came fully and completely on to my mat. It wasn't an easy journey, letting go rarely is, but the relief, openness and presence I felt at that moment made it worth it. And as I continued moving and breathing I continued to JUST BE.

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