"Nature doesn't rush. Life doesn't rush. Only humans rush".
I heard another yoga instructor say this a few weeks ago & it stuck with me.
I gave up rushing some time ago. I'm not sure exactly how it happened.
Here's what I remember: that feeling of being in my home, looking at the time & thinking I needed to leave right now or I would be late to teach. That feeling of needing to get everything together right away so I could get going...that desperate feeling of needing to find my keys, my phone, my wallet...everything I needed to have in order to get out of the house.
I remember the last minute, frantic searching - not being able to find what I needed - only to finally realize that what I was looking for was already in my bag or in my car.
At some point I realized that the rushing was counter-productive. When I was rushing, I was disconnected from what I was doing. I was thinking about where I was going, instead of focusing on where I was. I was thinking that I would never get it together in time, instead of realizing that I had all the time I needed. At some point I realized that the time I spent rushing around like a crazy person, snapping at my family, could just as easily be spent calming getting my things together.
Rushing is really about not being present. When you're rushing - either yourself or a process - you're focused on the future. You're giving your attention & energy to where you think you should be, instead of experiencing where you are.
When you are present - all of your energy & attention are on what you are doing at the moment. Focused on accomplishing what you need to do right then & there. One thing at a time. When you keep your breath calm & even, you can stay calm & balanced. Focusing on what you need to do at that moment helps get it done.
This is what yoga has taught me & this is what I try to teach my students. To breathe. To focus in on what you are doing RIGHT NOW. Take it one breath, one thing, at a time. Let go of where you think you should be, or even where you want to be. Embrace this moment. Don't try to rush through it. Even when it's challenging. Take a class at my studio (http://www.sanctuarypoweryoga.com/aboutus.htm) & see what I mean.
Remember, because it's true..."nature doesn't rush. life doesn't rush..." and you don't have to either.
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