Someone once said, "Find a way to serve that serves you." This phrase has stuck with me over the years and I've applied it to several aspects of my life; similar to Marie Kondo's "consider if it sparks joy." Every time I do laundry or get dressed I think, "Do these items still suit me? Is it time to let them go?" Often I'm reminded of the excitement I felt as a kid outgrowing something. It meant new things, and I had grown. And I was happy.
I'm no longer excited nor happy when I outgrow my clothing. Instead, I'm faced with a choice. Do I hold on to it in the hopes that it might fit again, or do I let it go and find something new? This train of thought applies to more than just my clothing, it applied to all the things I've outgrown within my life. Sometimes I let them go and sometimes I hold on with the hopes that it will work out. Before I can let go of something or someone I need to know that I will be okay without it and I won't need it in the future.
Sometimes to let go we need to look at a situation impartially, the ability to watch what goes on in your mind and body. I think of the "Friend's" scene where Monica and Chandler argue about what time they were to meet for the movies and Phoebe has the answer. Phoebe is removed enough from the situation to see the various "truths." Each of us sees reality from our vantage point.
It is said that vinyasa yoga teaches us to cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next—on the mat and in our lives. The next time you come to your mat ask yourself have I outgrown this train of thought or should I hold on to it a little longer.
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I would love to hear from you.
What goes through your mind when you are faced with a choice? Do you consider what others will think of you or how someone else would choose? Is your choice determined by the expectations of others, what you "should" do? Please comment below.
These past few years I’ve felt a nagging sense of unease, of being stuck. Stuck between who I am and who I thought I should be. I was shaken and ungrounded. Imposter syndrome is real!!! I knew this truth but could not stop myself from falling into the cycle. I needed to find my root (truth) and groundedness.
I had to understand that I was out of balance. Within Ayurveda, sometimes referred to as the “sister” science to yoga, I am Kapha dominant. Kapha, which derives from the elements of earth and water, translates as “that which sticks” and out of balance requires movement. I looked for ways to move that brought me joy outside of work.
So I walked. I walked barefoot outside in order to receive the energy beneath, and I began to find my grounding. For the feet are the foundation of the body. They are the root which establishes the deepest connection from the body to the Earth.
As I found my groundedness, I begin to move into my stillness. When I felt called I would sit connecting my root chakra, Muladhara, to the earth and I would listen. I was reminded that every thought, feeling, and emotion I have is dependent on the way I viewed myself. I asked, “What am I worth?” and “What am I going capable of?” or even “Why couldn’t I?”
And I’ve felt a shift happening in my life. A sense of coming back and find anew. I’m saying yes to things I once thought I wasn’t qualified to do and setting goals even if they scare me. As my favorite yoga teacher says “And now the inquiry…”
Welcome to Headwraps, Yoga Mats and Backpacks the random musings of Jamie Austin.
The desire to start a blog hit me out of nowhere. I prefer the use of imagery to express myself and tell my stories. As I evolve and grow into who I am, so does my creativity. I’m inspired to write by my daily musings and thoughts. You will learn my story along the way. With every post you will see a glimpse into who I am, what I value, and how I love.
She/Her/Hers Yoga Instructor, Movements Activist, and regular human being