Last week, as I got ready to leave for the studio, when I reached for my keys, they weren't in their "usual" spot.
I checked all the alternative spots - not there.
Then the rest of my house got involved in the search. We checked everywhere that we could think of- no keys.
I decided they had to be in my car from the night before. I said my good-byes, walked to the car - no keys.
Back to to the house! We looked again. No keys to be found anywhere.
At this point, I HAD to leave for the studio. There were going to be students waiting for me for class. My Mother let me borrow her car. One problem remained - without my keys, I couldn't get into the building or into the studio.
As I drove to studio, I called my landlord, who put me in touch with another woman who worked in the building - she was able to let me into the building & into the studio. Class started on time & it was a great morning.
When I returned home, I looked in my car again & there were my keys. They had fallen down beside the seat. I had been rushed when I looked previously.
I practiced alot of yoga that morning. As much as I wanted to get frustrated, angry & throw up my hands in defeat when I couldn't find my keys - I stayed calm, kept breathing, and stayed focused on getting to the studio to teach yoga to a great group of people. And it was another reminder to slow down & really focus, even when it feels challenging. (If I had done that, I would have found my keys the first time - no self-judgement, just observation).
When I left the house without my keys, I didn't really have a plan. But I didn't get worried - with or without keys to the studio, I knew everything would be ok. And it was.
Later that day, when I told someone what had happened, she said "I guess you had a bad morning". Funny thing...I didn't have a bad morning. I simply couldn't find my keys. It could have been a big deal, but it wasn't. And I never allowed my mood to be altered by the fact that I couldn't find my keys. It was what it was. And everything was ok.
This is yoga, off the mat. This is why we practice breathing, staying calm & focused as we move in & out of challenging poses. This is why we practice observing how our bodies & minds behave on our mats. So that we can take that practice into our everyday lives & feel how a simple thing like loosing our keys doesn't have to turn into having a "bad morning" or "bad day". And it is empowering to find that other people & events don't have control over how we feel & act - all of that is within our power, with practice.
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