Everything changes. Everything arises, exists for a time, and then dissolves. Sometimes we’re grateful for this and other times we resist. Resistance to change creates suffering.
As we grow older, each aging signal is a pointer to how to let go of life. The ability to accept these changes is a skill, or art form, developed through consistent practice.
Consistent practice keeps our body, mind, and soul vibrant. The practices we choose depend on our current needs. Sometimes we need a strong physical practice. Other times we need to rest, restore, and renew. Allowing space for both is important – often it is the slowing down that is put aside.
Slowing down to nurture our body, mind, and soul allows space for reflection, restoration, and creativity; however, it is not easy! Letting go of the need to fill every moment of every day with activity is an emotional cauldron. Simply being still and allowing the mind to rest is an art form achieved through skill – just as an artist learns the skill of using a paint brush before she paints a beautiful painting.
A restorative yoga practice is a skill. Over time we learn how best to relax the body and how to quiet the mind. As our skill develops, our restoration deepens.
After a restorative yoga practice there have been comments like:
- OMG this felt good!
- This practice felt good in my body, but was excruciating for my mind!
- It is profound how much the body can relax doing this
- It takes every fiber of my being to be still!
- It’s like I can feel my body healing.
- I couldn’t stop giggling!
- My mind torments me with guilt for being still
Letting go is an ongoing practice. As our skill develops we are more able to move through resistances to acceptance. Over time it becomes easier to calm the body-mind and to exist in equanimity.