If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, then you probably know most teachers like to spout out some really hippy talk during the practice. It always sounds really nice and I’m sure they’re being genuine, but most times I’m kind of rolling my eyes. I can’t really relate and it’s all a little too out there for me. Suggestions for how to adjust my pose to make it even better and stronger are more than welcome, but vague talk about “your purpose” or “things that don’t serve you” usually go in one ear and out the other. Sorry, but it’s true!
That being said, I really connected with what my teacher was talking about in class last night. It was all about the Svadhisthana Chakra or the Pelvic Chakra and to think of it as a bowl of water, that if out of balance, could spill out all your emotions. The reverse being that the bowl of water would freeze up and you don’t actually feel your emotions. She went on to suggest that we allow ourselves to notice any emotions that came up during the class, but not necessarily act on them, and that you could translate that to your everyday life.
I could think of a handful of recent incidents when I had let one little thing set me off and totally change my mood (for the worse), so I could definitely relate. And up until that moment I had always thought being emotional was a GOOD thing. I had prided myself on being “fully connected to my emotions,” and in this eye-opening moment I realized being a total emotional waterfall might be just as dysfunctional as being unemotional. Whoa. So am I going to instantly become the type of person who notices their emotions without always immediately acting on them? Probably not, but maybe now that I know that’s an option, I can at least TRY to do that more often.
Just some deep thoughts for you on this Wednesday 🙂