I hope you'll enjoy this re-rebroadcast of one of my all-time favorite blogs and episodes of The MOJO Show this week. Apparently it's one of your favorites, too, as the 2nd most downloaded MOJO Show episode! Whenever I catch myself getting daunted by the seeming enormity of it all (and that can be more frequently than I would hope), I remind myself of the nuggets of wisdom in this episode. I hope there's some insight here for you, too, that helps with whatever looming things you've got going on in your week.
I hope you'll enjoy this rebroadcast of one of my favorite blogs and episodes of The MOJO Show this week. Team MOJO is busily preparing to be part of Hawaii's biggest entrepreneurial and tech startup conference at East Meets West. We're kicking off the conference with a yoga class on the beach and wrapping it up with an on-stage presentation of MOJO Yoga to all the people of startup land. Whenever I catch myself getting daunted by the seeming enormity of it all (and that's quite frequently), I remind myself of the nuggets of wisdom in this episode. I hope there's some insight here for you, too, that helps with whatever looming things you've got going on in your week.
This week we’re taking a look at simple ways to put things in proper perspective, as it’s just so darn easy to get caught up in the toils of life, make mountains of molehills, or even start to think of ourselves as grand masters of the universe. Living can be exhausting like that, right? That’s why you and I do this work with yoga, meditation, and personal development. It always draws us back to a place of equanimity, balance, and the inner peace that comes from freeing ourselves of the grip of emotional and circumstantial extremes. This week’s blog and podcast shed more light on this critical aspect of our practices.
Sthira sukham asanam (Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 2.46). This sutra reminds us that our poses should represent a receptive strength, putting forth a steady effort, yet creating enough space to be receptive. That last part has become very important for me lately. I go through cycles of including more and more restorative yoga and meditation in my practice, the aim of which is conscious relaxation and mindfulness when the strength part of the equation has started to take more than its fair share.
Maybe it's the gardener in me. For some reason fall, nay autumn (I've always loved that word), feels like a natural time to clear out the old and make preparations for the new. Often, spring is thought of as the time for cleaning out that which has become stale, musty, and old. Yet, to me, autumn is equally as worthy of a good clearing out. Gardeners are well aware of nature's cycle, even in a seemingly consistent climate such as ours. There are subtle, yet definitive, seasons (even here) in which certain things thrive and others die back. This is critical to the inherent diversity and balance of natural life. Autumn is the time for reaping the harvests of all our hard work from summer, preparing to rest and restore through the winter before life can begin flourishing anew in the spring.