For many of us, everyday life is a challenge. We set goals for ourselves and struggle to meet them before time runs out at the end of the day. We juggle 3 responsibilities simultaneously; one in each hand and one in the air because there is no where else to put it. Just when we find a balance, someone throws another ball in our direction. Our energy is pulled outward; what we gather to fuel ourselves with is used almost as soon as we collect it.
How Many Ways Do You Measure Time?
In our society, the word ‘time’ has more synonyms than any other word in the language. ‘Time’ accumulates more meanings as we break it down and divide it further using subtle nuances and smaller purposes. Time has become more valuable than money. To save ‘time’, we specialize, computerize and analyze the application of it right to the nearest nanosecond. How we apply our time is scrutinized by engineers and scientists who make our duties, entertainment and education more time-efficient. We stifle our questions because no one has the time to answer them. With self-control, we learn to fit our responsibilities into the allotted timeframe.
While there are many positives to time-saving devices (thank you for pre-churned butter and automatic washing machines), we may have sub-divided ourselves to the extreme. People have become alienated from their sense of larger purpose, from each other, and from themselves.
New Era Ailments: Time Saving Health Issues
Because we spend most of our time immobilized at our desks, we suffer new types of ailments created by a lack of exercise. We have developed health problems because we don’t have time to walk and move. In the arsenal of twenty-first century devices, we now have contraptions that attempt to minimize the damage caused to wrists, tendons, back bones and eyes from sitting too much. We have to take time out to exercise. It isn’t even about weight-control anymore; exercise is for our own physical wellbeing. We need to remember how good it feels to move our bodies in the way they were intended to function.
Wellbeing extends beyond the physical realm; it includes our emotions as well. Exercise for the spirit is equally as important as movement is for the body. When was the last time you processed information hours or days after the event only to realize that you hadn’t thought about what you were doing at the time and now you wish you had handled it better? We have developed the habit of immobilizing our emotions inside ourselves. We repress joy, sorrow, frustration and even love because it is not socially appropriate for us to express it. The worst part is that we don’t even acknowledge our feelings to ourselves. We don’t take the time to feel joy or sorrow to its fullest extent. Our spiritual wellbeing suffers just the same as our physical health from sitting, unmoved, at a desk.
Becoming Your Own Teacher
Living in this century means we need to be aware of our needs as individuals and purposefully set aside time to give back to ourselves a source of energy. We need to deliberately seek out a peaceful place amid the flurry of worldly haste, apathy and alienation. We have to become the people that will listen to us. We need to be our own healers, listen to our bodies and prescribe what we need in order to adapt to change. Achieving a balance between our energy output and its replacement is our responsibility. It is time to be up close and personal with ourselves.
Emotions are a gift. Joy is uplifting; it is rejuvenating. Contentment gives us peace. Experiencing ourselves makes lightness in the heart. Listening to our inner voice builds a connection to ourselves that can bring us happiness even in the face of twenty-first century isolation. Tears, smiles and laughs connect people with people spiritually because we all share the memory of them.
Yoga is Exercise for the Soul
Yoga is not a religion; but it can be a spiritually healing practice. It provides you with a window for physical and emotional release. It requires strength without being competitive. Its poses increase your flexibility in ways that allow you to increase your stamina. Breathing with focus before and after yoga practise gives you a moment to pause, reflect and process the present.
You don’t have to know how to do yoga before you start to practise it; a good teacher will help you move through the flow of the movements as you need them and when you are ready to go there. Yoga is a sanctuary from the outside world. It is a place where you can confront yourself and appreciate who you are. Yoga gives you a new freedom of movement for your outer body as well as your inner one. Yoga feels good.