At the end of my morning yoga session I lay in savassana. Lying in savassana (corpse pose) is a way to integrate all the physical benefits of the yoga poses, as well as a great tool for calming the nerves!
As I lay in savassana, I heard something rhythmically pulsing in my house. And that reminded me to tune in to the rhythm of my own heartbeat. I put my hand on my chest, and then my belly—since feeling my breath was more accessible.
I felt my belly rise on the inhale and descend on the exhale.
And I thought about how I am a human. I have a heart. I have a breath.
And how many times have I tried to deny this very basic fact of my existence?
More like, how many times, have I not?
Every day, all day, I am rushing around, pressuring myself to get it all done. Going AGAINST the very rhythm that I mentioned: my breath, my heartbeat. Which leads me to feeling mentally unhappy—stressed out and anxious—and it also ain’t good for heart health as we all know.
So I was grateful for that gentle reminder this morning that I am a human being, not a machine.
Will I be able to remember this throughout the day? That is another question.
But I’m trying. For example, as I write this, I am standing outside under the trees, listening to the chirping of the birds.
Nature connects me to my inner rhythm.
What helps you?