This week marks the fifth and final yama! Hard to believe we're already through the yamas and will be moving onto the niyamas next week.For the final yama, we'll be covering Aparigraha, or the tenant of non-possessiveness. Aparigraha asks us to not cling to things of this world. The belief is that all things come and go and holding onto things will only lead to suffering. We are allowed to enjoy the pleasures of life and what we have in this moment but must do this without becoming attached. Only then can we be free to truly enjoy this life.
Hello Beautiful Warriors,
Uh, the winter months, they sure can be tough to get through. Long, dark days, the cold, snow, ice, and the post-holidays slump. This has become even more true for me since moving to Iceland last year.
...as with many challenges in life, I have found some new ways of dealing with the dark winter months and am managing the symptoms now. The promise of longer days and spring coming doesn't hurt either! So, in case you're also struggling a bit, here are some tips that have helped me so far:
Hope all of you are enjoying the beginnings of fall and a new season. Time to cozy up with a warm blanket and cup of coffee or tea! Fall is my favorite time of the year with the cooler, crisp days and changing leaves. Although the weather hasn't changed much here in Reykjavik, the days are a bit cooler, there's certainly more rain, and the trees are beginning to turn and lose their leaves.
With the new season, I want to talk about a practice that I often struggle with but am attempting to get back into with the renewal...meditation. I was first introduced to meditation a few years ago and have gone back and forth between being very disciplined with my practice then not doing it at all for months. Recently, I had one of those dry spells and hadn't sat for well over four months. So, the other morning, I had a little bit more time than normal and decided to add it into my yoga session
Today I want to talk a bit about meditation and dissociation. Recently, I had surgery done on my foot, which required me to be homebound for a week. Check out my last post for details. For the first few days I just rested, took things easy, and allowed my body the space it needed to heal. But, by the fifth day I started to get pretty sore and restless. Sitting on the couch for several days sounds nice but has consequences for our bodies and minds. So, on the fifth day, I decided to spend some time meditating and doing some mild, restorative yoga. My body desperately needed the movement and my mind needed the grounding and calm. However, something very interesting happened when I sat and began to calm my mind.
As I settled in to begin a guided mediation (shout out to Headspace!) and closed my eyes to turn my awareness inward, I noticed that my mind was going to be way more difficult to quiet than normal. The few days of going under sedation, having my foot cut open, sitting, and taking several medications left my mind feeling loose and floaty. The body-awareness I once had seemed to have disappeared.