Hello, I’ve been away from my blog for a few days, I had student orientation yesterday. I’m very excited for my Fall semester as a piano music major, with a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship. But for this blog I wanted to write about an interesting concept that’s been on my mind today.
I wanted to write about the way we do things. What does that mean? The way we do things such as putting a cup of coffee down, driving on the freeway, cutting tomatoes, talking to people, is a reflection of our state of mind.
Since I started doing yoga about five months ago I realized that yoga changed the way I did everything else in my life. This was a revelation to me. I was on the mat every morning before classes. I was up early, moving in unison with my breath. Essentially, yoga requires mindfulness with every movement.
In my daily life off of the yoga mat I noticed I was a lot less clumsy. In the past I wasn’t a complete klutz, but I used to drop things, stub my toe, and spill food on my shirt.. we all know that struggle. Since I started doing yoga I’ve (unintentionally) focused more attention on my movements and actions. This way in whatever I do, I give a similar amount of focus and detail as if I was getting into a tree pose.
One week I was too busy with school and stopped doing yoga for four days.. I knew it would come back to haunt me because yoga keeps me clumsy-free. That Friday I went to play Ultimate Frisbee with the running club, I was running.. and *pop* I tripped on an uneven patch on the lawn. I ended up severely spraining my ankle. I instantly regretted not doing yoga for those days, because I knew I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going or stepping. It was very painful and took me weeks to recover.
Today I’ve especially been noticing that how you do one thing affects how you do everything else. This morning after I did yoga, I was instantly on-board for all the other things on my to-do list. I practiced my piano technique slowly and in-depth, I cleaned my room, decided to go for a spontaneous walk, and wanted to get this blog done this morning. I can tell a difference in the days I do yoga in the morning vs. in the evening. I recommend doing anything mindful in the morning because it sets the tone for how you do everything the rest of the day.
If you notice that you’re tripping on steps, dropping things, accidentally hitting your hand on something.. slow down and be more mindful of your gestures. It could prevent from a big accident, like a sprained ankle, ouch.
What I wanted to leave with you for this blog is that the small things you do are an indication of your state of mind, and by observing them you can tell if you’re being mindful.
What do you think about this? Did it make sense? Please comment! 🙂