I spent a long weekend with my family up on the giant playground of Mount Desert Island where I watched and felt an essence of freedom every day. Be it my mind feeling the clarity and ease of the fresh summer air coupled with time away from my computer, or, my body feeling mobile and free to move, climb up mountains, jump in the ocean, or watching children frolic barefoot for hours on end without an agenda in the woods… there was a flavor of pure free nature lingering in the air. Time away from our daily (and often busy) lives and routines allows for a natural unfolding of layers be it tension, stress, fear, overwhelm, that can block us from feeling at ease, at peace, and free. As our country gathered to celebrate its history of independence, I too was able to experience a letting go of inhibitions, worries, stressors, and settle deeper into connection with my own innate freedom.
The teachings of yoga reveal that freedom is not separate from us, it is part of our true nature. The longing to connect with this freedom is inherent in each and every one of us.
“You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists with your own body, heart, mind, and soul,” BKS Iyengar, Light on Life
Time away, vacations, unplugging is a wonderful thing to do, to reset, reconnect, and land more balanced in your being. However, I also realize vacations and time away are not always available. That is why having a daily practice that guides you into repose, reflection, and unplugging is so necessary to stay clear, connected, and free. For some this may be taking a walk in nature, dipping into the salty ocean, writing, or rolling out their mat and moving through asanas. Whatever technique offers clarity, I call this act yoga – the conscious decision making of choosing to unplug from the daily grind as a way to plug back into what is truly important.
“Yoga is a way to freedom, by its constant practice we can free ourselves from fear, anguish, and loneliness.” – Indra Devi
How are you connecting to your own sense of freedom, space, bliss? What daily rhythms or habits have you created for yourself to carve out time to feel more balanced in your life? Come practice with us at Lila and settle into a community of people all leaning towards wanting to feel and touch an essence of more freedom.
Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” – Marianne Williamson