I seem to be ever more challenged to see things clearly. Another trip to the eye doctor recently confirmed that my blurred reading vision was – thankfully – due to aging and not some other more serious condition. But my ability to see clearly goes beyond vision to recognizing the broad and important patterns in life. I believe what gets in the way is overwhelming emotion, or perhaps my shutting off of emotion because it gets tiring when it feels overwhelming. In either case, my thinking brain does not work so well without a mix of calm emotion thrown in, so I often miss the bigger picture because I am doing my best to survive in the trenches.
For years we seem to bounce from one overwhelming situation to the next. Not that we don’t get breaks from time to time, but the bigger pattern is what is disconcerting. While I could list all of the events that contribute – both small and large – it’s the collective totality of them that requires a higher perspective to chart a way to calmer waters.
To gain higher ground on life requires calming both our monkey mind, that jumps from thought to thought incessantly, and the overwhelming emotion in our bodies that keeps us on edge waiting for another shoe to drop. While there are many ways to calm the mind and body, I have found yoga to be among the most effective.
An hour a day focusing on breath, body, mind, feeling and movement provides a healthy and holistic way to gain higher ground on life. If you already are a yogi, then I am speaking to the choir. But if you have never tried yoga, or tend to hit a class only on a blue moon, perhaps it’s time to dust off the mat and work towards a consistent practice. When we calm the mind and body, allow a higher perspective to permeate our souls, life can do some very surprising things!