Quieting my mind takes practice-Week 26

I was wondering why I was feeling a little stressed this past week. Between holidays with the family, school, job hunting, starting a newspaper, AND maintaining a news website, my life has been a little crazy.

I have to practice yoga when I can.

And so I have started yoga again. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money or the time to go to yoga classes so I do it at home. Yoga helps me to slow down and concentrate on nothing. That’s right, nothing.

I have a problem; I think too much. I consider it a problem because no matter what I do, I can’t turn it off. Thinking can be a good thing. I’m a very good problem solver, mostly because I think myself into craziness trying to come up with a solution. I also have an awesome imagination, which is also sometimes not so good. Because of my imagination, I worry too much, wondering about the “what ifs.”

So yoga helps me to turn that off, for a little while anyway.

There are other aspects about yoga that I appreciate. The spiritual practices of Hinduism and Buddhism are hinted through yoga, which has a lot to do with the Self; caring for Self and striving for wholeness. Without going into too much detail, some people also think of yoga as a cleansing for the soul.

Aside from all that, yoga is refreshing and helps me quiet my mind for a while.

But yoga isn’t easy. In fact, it’s kind of hard at first, but once you get used to it, you miss it when you don’t do it.

I used to pride myself on how much stress I could bear, but now that I’m entering a time in my life when stress can really be disastrous for me, I’m learning to take better care of myself. And that includes not thinking so much.

The Hiawatha Advocate

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