“Slow down, you move too fast. Got to make the mornin last…….
Lookin for fun and feeling groovy.”
Simon and Garfunkel
So! Now you have a notion that I’m old enough to have heard the original version of this song. Yup! I did. I don’t remember the year but I do remember the delight I felt, and continue to feel when I hear this song. It is a great reminder of the simple joys in life when I release the burdens that I am not meant to carry. This also means I have a choice in which burdens I carry. Hmmm!
I have a choice! I make an active decision regarding what I will and will not carry with me today. In recovery, I have spent most of my life carrying one of two things: the anger and resentments of the past, or the fear of the future. The 12 step program teaches me to define my past, my addiction, with brutal honesty. Then I make amends for the past AND LET IT GO! Let it go! Let it go! Let it go! Here we go with another song, but that is the simplicity of the process. As we know, simple does not mean easy as I have to practice the action of letting go. I have to slow down, recognize my burden, and let it go. This is where Yoga can be a blessing.
In Yoga, I learn to slow down. I learn to listen to my heart and soul. I learn to know the difference between the language of my head and the language of my heart. I have stated many times that my head is a dangerous place for me to spend a lot of time. I seek the solace of my heart. I practice listening to my heart. I practice the wisdom to know the difference between my heart and my head. My heart is a place of rest. That is the key to the difference between the language of my heart, a place of peace, and the language of my head, a place of turmoil, resentment, anger and fear. My heart is a place of rest, a place of serenity, a place where I love to reside.
I ask you to find your song, your mantra (a thought that guides), your place of rest. Then, practice being in that place. Practice knowing the restful waters of our Divinity. Namaste! Keep coming back.