21 Jan

Breathe In. Breathe Out

Dear Friends,

Here’s a thought I’d like to share

Things I have to do today…</b> <b>Breathe in. Breathe out.

This week has been packed with decisions that needed to be made, conceptualizing that had to be done, tasks that had to be accomplished and events that had to be attended.  And then there was also all the “usual stuff” in my life – work, family, laundry, dogs, etc. ”Okay, fine!” ”I can do that.” And as I go about “doing,” I start forgetting that I don’t get to control the unfolding of the Universe.  I start directing outcomes.  I set my jaw and attack each thing so as to “get it done and finished!”  I do amazingly complex mental gymnastics around figuring it all out.  I’m keeping all the plates spinning and juggling all the balls all at the same time.  The world is now squarely on my shoulders!  “I’ll carry it. I can do it. Don’t worry, I’ve got it.  You can thank me later, right now I just have to make sure the world doesn’t fall.  It’s a big responsibility, but somebody has to do it.” Needless to say, the Universe has a very different take on this situation.  And, as it always does, it offers me an opportunity to learn for myself – again – that I, Augusta Kantra, do not get to or have to control the unfolding of the Universe.  I wake up this morning with a crick in my neck <i>(probably from that heavy world I’ve been carrying!)</i> and I’m just tired.  I’m done!  I sit back and throw my hands in the air – which, given the stiff neck, makes me wince.  I decide to just step back, take a deep breath and look at things with new eyes.   It’s at this point that my vision begins to clear. I smile as I recognize how much I was trying to control what <i>is</i> rather than trying to see it, work with it and use the energy of its unfolding.  Nothing really needed my “fixing.”  Nothing was really broken.  In the stepping back, I could let go.  In the letting go, I could breathe and realign myself with the flow that is “life.”  The dam I had built and was using all my strength to hold up, didn’t need to be there at all.  Ahhhhh…. Thank you crick!  Thank you Universe. I still have lots to do.  Who doesn’t?  But my most important tasks – Breathe in. Breathe out.

Wishing you gentle reminders to breathe fully.

Namaste,

Augusta
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Originally Published January 21, 2011

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08 Jan

Artistic Mingling

Dear Friends,

Here’s another thought I’d like to share

The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

  

  Henry Ellis

In everything we do, it is all about finding that beautiful (albeit sometimes elusive) balance between holding on and letting go.  When we’re in conflict with someone, we often get mired in our own way of seeing things.  We can get defensive and indignant, or small and pitiful, or perhaps we vacillate between the two searching for a toe hold. How can we let go of our egoic need to be “right” and hold on to the intentions of our heart?  Truth is, all conflict resolution lies in finding this balance.  If we can step out of our defended “what about me” place and open our hearts with love and compassion, we can hold true to our highest intentions without feeling threatened.  Of course, this is easier said than done and requires a constant, mindful practice. And as the quote says, it is the artistry of the fine mingling!  In yoga, during asana practice, each pose is a compilation of holding on in some places and letting go in others.  It is the action of one that allows the action of other.  Nothing is all one or the other.  No black or white – only black AND white.  In yoga as in life. Pretty cool.

Wishing you artistic mingling!

Namaste,

Augusta
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Originally Published January 8, 2011

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