A wiseman called Socrates once said…“beware the bareness of a busy life”

Yoga teaches us to follow the seasons for optimum health and wellbeing. As Mother Nature offers warmer, longer and lighter summer days, it’s an invitation for gardens to bloom, grass to grow and seasonal vegetables to ripen, like asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, radishes and spring onions. When we mirror the qualities and rhythms of the natural world in our own routines and eat seasonally, we are better placed to find ease and harmony in our state of being. Our bodies are hardwired to these rhythms, yet we have been drawn further and further away from our relationship with nature, with the advent of artificial light, 24-hour shopping, the internet and social media, and a culture that drives us to do more, be more, have more….go, go, go. 

As the days grow longer there can be a temptation to try and fit even more into our already busy lives

Take the time this summer to nourish yourself by venturing outside every day to stand barefoot on the grass and feel the earth beneath you, the sunlight upon your skin, the breeze in your hair and look far into the distance to soothe the muscles of the eyes and widen your perspective. Take a moment to listen to nature’s activity…the buzz of the bees and the song of the birds arriving from foreign lands, like chiffchaffs, swallows, house martins and swifts.

Take this moment to be still…nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to prove

Give yourself permission to pause for a moment to make contact with the elements and nature. As you take this time, notice the senses coaxing you away from this moment of peace. Notice if you are easily distracted from this simple exercise with habits urging you to check your emails, answer the phone, respond to text messages, pull up the weed you half glimpse in the flower bed, hang out the laundry etc, etc. Notice these desires attempting to pull you back into your habit, notice them and then simply return to the sensation of standing upon the earth, the temperature of the air, the fragrances, colours and sounds – the feeling of just being still. Do this for 2 minutes a day, noting how many times in those 2 minutes you are distracted from the experience by wanting something different from the moment you’re in. Let your desire be peaceful, be more powerful than the habit that’s trying to distract you. Overtime, these distractions will reduce and the 2 minutes will grow into 3 and maybe more…

 

By Sam Burkey, yoga and wellness coach – Bristol, Bath and the Cotswolds

 

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