The other day while in yoga class, the instructor gave us a set of poses to do. After we completed the poses, she directed us to stand still. During the stand still pose, I started fidgeting, looking around, I scratched my nose, wiped sweat from my forehead, etc. Observing me and my other class members' constant movement, the instructor reiterated to the class, "stand still." I scratched my nose again. She went on to say to the class, "the hardest, yet most beneficial pose in yoga is standing still." The light in my brain turned on.
I've always had a problem with being still. I have to constantly be doing something in order to feel like things are moving. However, I'm in the process of learning that sometimes I have to possess enough faith and patience to just be still. Practicing stillness allows me to calm my mind and spirit, lower my stress levels, be more present, appreciate the moment, and it also recharges my batteries.
I read somewhere that resting is one of the most spiritual things a person can do. I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Resting or being still is a way to let go and let God, honor ourselves, the precious moments we are given, and the hard work we do. When we are constantly on the move, stress tends to creep up on us which in turn causes us to overlook chances to be grateful and to be in awe of the beautiful things happening around us. Therefore it's healthy for us to step back for a second, breath, and just be still.
Enjoy the rest of the week and Happy Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day to those who celebrate it. I hope you all will add being still to your list of things to do this week. We all work hard and deal with so much; therefore, we must take a minute to honor ourselves and be still.
Peace and Blessings,
- Samjah Iman