Because it is Beautiful
Oggi sono giu.
Sometimes there are so many memories, so much sadness, it feels too much to carry. I always tell my students to apply the tools they learn in yoga to their lives. Today I don’t have the strength to get on the mat. Or even practice pranayama, at least not right now. But there are other things I’ve learned from yoga that I can hold onto until things get better.
Patience. This doesn’t come naturally to me. But I try.
Body awareness and self-respect. I’ve learned to listen to my body, and today it needed to rest. This apparently involved a lot of sleep. So be it. I can drink a few cups of coffee and try my best to be normal, to get things done. But I will only be more tired tomorrow.
The nature of the universe is constant change. Everything is in flux, in transformation, at every moment. How I feel now will be different tomorrow. Maybe I will feel differently later tonight. Eventually, this too shall pass.
Love. Whenever one is sad, people tell them to remember all the people who love and care about them. This really doesn’t work. To feel love you have to feel the love inside of you. Look inside your heart and search for the love you have for others. Express it with your words, show it with your actions. If you love someone who doesn’t love you back, witness the beauty of this love, and be grateful you have the capacity to love so much, even if it is not returned.
Sadness follows me like a shadow. I embrace it, because it is beautiful, it has something to tell me, and it is part of me. It is part of me, but not all of me.
It is not all of me, not even close.