Happy Healthy and Fit

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Savasana~ Take Rest in the Magic of Fall!

Reflecting on this absolutely beautiful fall morning.  The sun is shining and the air is crisp.  Things are starting to slow down.  Leaves lose their connection to the trees and gently float down to the ground.

When the seasons change, Mother Nature is reminding you of the impermanence of all things.  Part of life and growth is relaxation and rejuvenation.  Things appear to be dying down or dying off completely, but really they are preparing to turn their energy inside and spend some time in peace and preparation for an even more abundant reawakening.

It is human nature to associate success with go go go.  Often times I see this attitude in the yoga studio. Students want more and more advanced postures.  To tell them that savasana or taking rest is the most advanced posture is often greeted with disappointment.

I love to practice handstands, twist like a pretzel and have even recently found myself drawn to AcroYoga, because it is fun to balance, dance and play with the energy of another.  The Truth is that according to the 8 limb path of yoga, Samadhi, the 8th limb is the ultimate objective.  Samadhi is union with the divine or ultimate merging.  It refers to an awakening of almost beyond consciousness, while the body and senses appear to be asleep.

Take a moment to notice the magic of fall.  Instead of seeing things are dying down, see them as withdrawing or moving inward.  In life, it is easy to lose yourself when constantly projecting energy outward.  Like a tree wanting to show the world new branches and bear delicious fruit, it can take a great deal of energy moving through life worrying about accumulating material goods and wealth.  Perhaps just for today look inside and find appreciation for all that you have and all that you do not have.  Enjoy your Sunday in a highly conscious way.  Take active rest.

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means appreciating that there is magic in the slow times.

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