Have you ever noticed how just before, most of the time during, and especially after a snow fall, the world just seem much more quiet and at peace? It’s kinda the same way with a yoga practice. Everything is all hustle and bustle before you step on the mat. Then you take a few moments to center and ground yourself. Everything turns quiet and you take some deep breaths. Then you begin your flow. At times there may be a lot of noise and your mind and body may be going crazy with sensations, but for the most part, the flowing sequences are clam and lovely. Very peaceful as the snow falls. Then things wind down and the world becomes still as you lie in savasana. Just like the snow. everything is quiet, freshly laid anew and untainted by outside noise. You take some more deep breaths and lose yourself in the calm, peaceful stillness.
Nothing is yet disturbed as you lay there with a peaceful mind, a depleted, but fresh body, and a still mind. The snow lays there quiet, creating a beautiful serene landscape of glittering untainted beauty. It’s so quiet. You can finally breath. With the laying of a new snow and the finishing of a practice, all the previous noise and chaos is hidden and no longer the glaring ugliness we may find it to be. It gives us a fresh new perspective and the rational calm mind we need to move forward.
With this bright new clarity that comes with the snow fall and the yoga practice, we are able to see things in a new way. It’s literally a whole new world. During the snow fall, as with during the practice, things change. The end result will not be the same as what was started with or was there before. Have you ever simply watched the snow fall outside your window? It’s so peaceful, chaotic, and surely cold, but beautiful non-the-less. The same with a yoga practice. It’s peaceful, beautiful, but also very involved, strong, and a tad chaotic.
But what comes after. O the simple beauty and calm of it all! The refreshed mind, body, spirit! The new clarity, brisk chill, and rationality of a new untainted reality. I know I am able to come out of a yoga practice with a fresh start and a new untainted mind. I can think a bit more clearly, as the noise that was there before is erased with white and gives me time to rethink before it thaws and melts. The fresh snow fall gives us time to regroup and take those few moments before the melting process begins. It will energize us in a calm way. We will be able to tackle what we once looked at as hard, scary, and difficult. The overwhelm of it all gets kicked aside. You find the time to figure out your next steps in the new untainted territory in front of you.
The ground, the world, is yours to shape and mold. You can take a few tentative steps into the freshly laid landscape, a few simple movements in savasana. You can also go running full force with your renewed energy and clarity, making leaps and bounds in the snow. Creating lasting marks, just as you can jump up from savasana and take your day head on with a clearer head.
Refreshed, a new, peaceful and calm clarity of mind. Both snow and yoga giving you a chance to pause, collect, and erase the chaotic noise of the world around. You end up with a beautiful new land of possibility, rationality, logic, peace. Just a bit of silence to be cherished and used in the making of delving more effectively in this crazy world of rush and pull.
I urge you to take a moment the next time the snow falls or the next time you finish your practice, to awaken back into the world with a new untainted rational mind. Take it slowly or with a bit of speed, your choice for the making in the new world that lays ahead. If you’re lucky, maybe you can even engage in a practice during a snow fall. That would be a lovely thing!
So tell me:
+ Do you find watching the snow fall outside peaceful? I do, I could stare at it for hours!
+ Anything else you’d like to add?
Be at peace my dear friends! Namaste.
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