One silken thread of silence is often all we need to sew the different textures of our lives together. We can weave our work, family, friends, art and downtime together in ways that reflect our essence in true and meaningful ways.
Wiser folk have suggested that if we don’t have time for half and hour of stillness than we need a full hour. This is probably true, but if you are like me, shorter times will have to suffice. If we can be quiet in the midst of our days and weeks even for a few minutes we might just ‘hear” that we do not need to push forward relentlessly and that there is a quiet joy all around us even when we are tired, irritated, confused, or whatever. That perfect (or just ‘pretty good’) balance between being quiet enough to discern which way to go and then having the courage and strength to act upon it, is what makes the tapestry of our lives unique and compelling. It gives a spring to our step, speaks to our soul and resonates with others. What is better than that!
One way I have found a rather unique stillness of both mind AND body is through an occasional restorative yoga class. I am headed to one this morning where we assume poses that do not ‘exert’ but rather ‘collect’ energy. What better way for me to start the day in which I will use my skills to help others restore balance. In the meantime, Keely Garfield, an integrative yoga therapist is teaching a restorative yoga class next Saturday at Yogamaya in Chelsea. You might want to give it a try. I have taken her vinyasa class at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen.
Here is to acknowledging that “silken thread of silence” in our daily lives. What do you do to support yours?