As a yogi, I have become very aware of not only my mind, body and spirit, but also the awareness of my physical energy over the course of a given day. Candidly speaking, energy maintenance has always been an ongoing obstacle for me. As an example, I recently added two new morning yoga classes to my current schedule, which already includes teaching 10 classes per week. These aren’t just normal daytime classes, these new yoga classes I am teaching begin at 6am. This new reality meant that I was definitely in for a life change.
As a result of these new commitments, I’ve had to deal with my mind’s chatter as I opened up the gate to time and energy and what that means to me. My new reality requires me to rise out of bed at 4:30am and be able to make it through the day, and continue into teaching my evening classes that usually end around 9pm.
These new conditions of life pushed me to have a better understanding of the value of time, and not just by measure, but also of the energy required to teach yoga and also live my life. I found myself challenging in my own head, the value of time. I’d even go as far as to fool my own self by thinking and saying things like,“ I don’t have the time” as it related to other important areas of my life.
To me, time is like a ghost in the wind. I find we put expectations on time, and judge one another based upon it, until its reality is real enough to sometimes make one uncomfortable enough in their own life to realize a change in perspective is required to be a happy human being.
Time is what we blame when things don’t happen as planned, and time is what we praise when things seem to work out. The fact is, time is omnipotent. It is an indefinite condition that progresses from past, the present, to the future.
Each individual’s experience is what causes one’s energy to excel or deplete as only time keeps everything from happening at once. Can we “feel” time? The day goes by fast or slow to each of us uniquely, but the moment we express ourself in action we create a day that is full of explorations and new information if we are receptive to it. Alternatively it could be a day of actions that are routine, where the brain doesn’t have much to remember.
I found a solution to my struggle with time and decided to eliminate the actions that cause repetition of chatter and static in my brain. As a result I have allowed space for both routine and change.
The goal is to balance, not by measure but rather by virtue. My days are now full of teaching, living, and maintaining overall happiness. It’s been 4 months, and I have found rhythm in actions that are harmonious with my individual core being. How did I find balance? I went to the seed, reflected on the root cause of my energy imbalance (the core of what causes chattering mind). I choose to look down deep inside and eliminate some of the roots that had been there acting as a catalyst for growth and maturity. They had stemmed into awareness and had been taking up valuable space in my brain, and needed to pause for me to conserve my own energy.
The end result, is the addition of more space in my mind. By letting go of some of the chatter, I’ve made room for new stimuli, virtuous choices, the ability to sleep like an angel, and feeling at ease. Individual awareness happens, and the time is now. Be impeccable with your word, don’t take things personally, don’t assume, and do your best! Energy maintenance was the obstacle and now is an achievement.