Jul 26, 2012

For me

"One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on."
            - D.H. Lawrence

I pulled this quote out of a basket at a yoga studio I recently visited and I've been thinking about it ever since.

I've been getting back into yoga. It amazes me how much I look forward to my classes, and how fabulous I feel afterwards. I love yoga - I've loved it ever since I first tried it, but it's more than that. It's about being more connected with my body. I'm actively doing something for myself during each yoga class, and I'm letting that carry into my life off the mat. Through my sugar detox, through enjoying summer to its fullest, and letting myself enjoy each moment.

The last yoga class I took was intense - sweating within minutes of starting kind of intense. I'm not used to classes that push me that much and at one point I felt like I was going to start crying. I held back because I didn't want to freak out the instructor or anyone else in the class, but the urge to cry wasn't because it was hard - it was like my body was physically getting rid of all the toxins I was holding it, and since I didn't cry them out I sweated them out instead. I was physically and mentally exhausted at the end of the hour but I was also at peace about so many things.

One of the things I love to do is small actions for others - a card, a text, an unexpected email - just to let someone know I'm thinking about them. But sometimes I get so caught up in other people's needs I forget about myself.

So this? This connection I'm experiencing? This perspective I'm gaining?

This is for me.

When's the last time you had some "me time?"


Unknown said...

I was just thinking about this today. About taking some "me time." Usually I wait until my breaking point before I have to mentally & emotionally check-out for a while. I wonder if I actually make time for myself before this happens, if it might keep those feelings of being overwhelmed by life at bay.

I'm proud of you for sticking to your plan and going to yoga! I know it must not be easy, especially with the culmination of all the other improvements you're working toward. I got out of the habit of going to yoga, but I know that during the 6 months I was consistently going 2-3 times/week, I have never felt stronger, healthier, or better about myself. Yeah, I need to get back into that routine! :)

Erin said...

Great post, Becky. Yes, I relate to shifting the toxins. And yes I also relate to putting others' needs first :)

When was the last time I had me time? This week, nearly every day. Lingering over lunch with a novel. Watching a DVD in my pyjamas with dinner.

And today is a triple-whammy: haircut, beautician, massage, all in one day.

Glad you asked this question today LOL. I can easily answer it today :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That is awesome! I had a similar experience when I did that free week of yoga in June. I would sweat a ridiculous amount but I felt like my body was getting rid of toxins and I would leave the class exhausted, but glowing.

I need a lot of me time. Like more me time than the average person, I think. When I am around big groups of people for extended periods of time, I start to not feel like myself and I have to find a way to pull away from the group for some alone time where I don't have to talk, etc. My favorite ways to spend my 'me' time are running, reading, or knitting!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I am like Lisa, I know I need a lot of me time. I spend a lot of time by myself and I really need that time to kind of "reset" in a way.

I can't wait to do yoga with you next weekend. I know I would love it if I started doing it regularly. Plus, I consistently think of how Amber had no injuries during her 2nd marathon training and I think it was because of the yoga! I had a small injury training for D2D this past spring, and I don't want injuries for the half I'm doing in October.

Amber said...

God I love yoga. Even though I'm barely using my pass right now I just can't cancel my membership. Even getting there 1 - 2 times a week right now is worth it to me because I feel SO GOOD afterwards. For some reason I always have a hard time getting myself TO yoga but I always feel incredible when a class is done!

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