We’ll be together in all kinds of weather
The rain this morning was a pleasant relief from the harsher snowy and icy weather we’ve experienced lately. Yet, as Emily reminded me last night, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil decides this morning, we’ll surely be complaining about the hot and humid weather six months from now, too.
Emotionally, we all have different types of weather. Happy, sad, angry, heart-broken, frustrated, or neutral — or everything in between — I’ve found that yoga and meditation helps me to weather this weather.
Have you tried to meditate? In its simplest form, meditation is awareness of your breath. Try this: sit in a chair (or on the floor with your legs in sukhasana), lift your chest and draw your shoulder blades down your back, aligning your spine and and feeling your collar bones spread across the front of your chest. Now close your eyes and inhale and exhale through your nose, paying attention to your breath. Breathe. Simple, right?
The beautiful thing about this practice is that the breath is always with us — come hail or high-water — and it doesn’t require any equipment or even that much time to align the spine, close your eyes, and breathe.
This Feb.U.Yoga, I’m working on integrating more meditation into my daily life, rain or shine. What do you think about meditation as emotional weatherproofing?