Guest Blog: In stillness we can receive
I learn something every single time I step onto my yoga mat. Sometimes it’s an incredible new lesson. Sometimes it’s simply a gentle reminder. But it never fails and I always step off the mat more inspired and connected than when I started. I’ll be guest blogging each month to share my latest lesson from the mat with Kristin’s community.
Lessons from the mat: In stillness we can receive
I just returned from Gabrielle Bernstein’s summer retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and was reminded of an important lesson. It is in stillness that we can receive.
Say what? Isn’t it by doing that we can receive? I hear you! I can get caught up in the doing – the planning, acting, thinking, worrying, pushing, and manipulating – in the quest to make things happen. If I don’t hustle, how will the clients come? If I don’t speak up, how will I be heard? If I don’t stay in constant motion, how will I move forward?
Do any of these thoughts resonate with you? Word on the street is that we need to do more with less and make things happen. Multi-tasking is seen as not only an asset but a prerequisite. We wake up already behind and try all day to get caught up. And the movement is aimed at receiving something – praise, satisfaction, completion, clarity.
My time at Kripalu was the reminder I need that stillness is the key to my success. It is in stillness that I can connect to myself, breathe, hear myself think, and make space to receive. It is in stillness that I can find ease and inspiration. It is in stillness that I can grow and learn.
I went to Kripalu with all of my time planned out and I had grand plans for the limited time. I was only there for a short time so I felt like I needed to cram everything in so that I could receive the benefit of the experience. And, as it turned out, life had other plans for me. The two-hour trip there took four and much of that time was spent in stillness on the road. Instead of letting my anxiety get the best of me, I eased into the experience and savored all of the extra time I had to just be with my close friend in the car. I skipped morning yoga to sit outside instead. Gabby guided us through hour-long meditations. Instead of swimming I stood in the lake feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin. And it was in these moments of stillness that I truly received what I needed.
3 tips for receiving through stillness
- Hold your favorite yoga pose – The next time you are on the mat get into your favorite yoga pose and just hold it. Allow yourself to be still in the pose for as long as feels good and see what bubbles up to the surface.
- Establish a daily meditation practice – I highly recommend a daily meditation practice! Set the intention to spend a few minutes every single day in stillness while meditating.
- Spend time outside – I love taking my morning lemon water and tea outside and enjoying them while I listen to the birds, feel the sun on my face, and just breathe in the morning air. Maybe you take your lunch to a nearby park and slowly eat while sitting in the grass or take a book into your backyard after dinner.