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“The Posture Never Ends.”

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This morning as I laid in bed all snuggled up, enjoying the slowness of the morning and the day ahead; I reached over and grabbed my phone to check Facebook, and Instagram.   What struck me was the number of posts about people’s goals and lists of things to accomplish before the New Year.   Goals and lists designed to by completed by January 1st in an effort to start the New Year with a clean slate and fresh start.  I laid there thinking about my own life, what did I need to accomplish before January 1st to start the New Year with a clean slate?  I finally decided that getting a physical for the first time since college would be enough and that there wasn’t really anything pressing I needed to do.  Eventually I scolded myself for checking social media first thing in the morning, turned off my phone and picked up my book.

Meditations from the Mat

Mediations from the Mat by Rolf Gates

I was a week behind in my readings from Meditations from the Mat and thought I’d spend some time reading, and reflecting.  Day 35.

The posture never ends.

~Rolf Gates

To begin the passage he talks about Vinyasa yoga, flowing from one posture to the next with unbroken breath and meditation.  That the transition from one pose to another is a pose within itself, a pose often neglected as we look ahead to what comes next.

The lesson remains, however, that it is our tendency to pay attention to the postures themselves, but not to the spaces in between.  So it is in life.

We are always looking to what comes next. The New Year, the next relationship, the next job, the next item on our to do list…never noticing the between, the transition.

The reality is that the posture never ends, it just shifts from one form to the next, one lesson to the next, one opportunity to the next.  We remain life’s student whether we are inhaling or exhaling, in a relationship or out of one, saving the world or looking for a temp job.  The posture never ends.

…The illusion is that there is separation, levels of importance, beginnings and endings.  Yoga brings us to the understanding that the posture never ends.

It’s such a simple passage but it brought me back to my earlier thoughts of the New Year.  Many people feel that 2014 is a fresh start, a clean slate but in reality our past never leaves us.  Just as in yoga the pose before can affect how we feel in the poses that are to come.  But perhaps, the New Year is really just a big opportunity for us to all focus on the transition, to complete that to-do list before the New Year.  The movement from the poses of 2013 to the poses of 2014.  Maybe it’s an opportunity to transition mind fully, to set intentions for the next set of poses that will uplift us and fulfill us.  Maybe the New Year is not so much of a clean slate, but an opportunity to transition to a more healthy life, or a more fulfilling career, or meaningful relationship.  Maybe the New Year is the opportunity to be sure our feet are stable, aligned properly on the mat, that we find strength in our legs to lift us to that new pose in the year that lies ahead.

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As we come closer and closer to the New Year, I encourage you to think about how you’d like to transition.  How can you align yourself on the yoga mat of life so you can find strength in your practice and life in the year ahead?  For me the transition is about continuing to find the mat, and to strengthen my practice.  About taking the time to be intentional and purposeful in my words and actions.  The transition about aligning myself to avoid the busy traps, and choosing things in life that fulfill me, rather than just give me one more thing to do.  It’s an alignment that makes me feel whole and uplifted, more positioned to take on the next year in my strongest form.

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How are you transitioning to the New Year?  How can you align yourself to be stronger in the next posture of life?

Reflections on 2012

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The sun is shining and despite the chilly temperatures it’s a gorgeous day in New England.  Even though I’m incredibly sore from a weekend at yoga teacher training I was really looking forward to going for a run.  So I layered up and headed out.  Saturday night we had a good old-fashioned snow storm here in Boston and I think the skier in me was dying to get out in the snow and play.  As I navigated the snow and ice and treacherous side walks I couldn’t help but think how this run was much like 2012 itself…filled with obstacles, hard work and rarely a moment of clear sidewalks to just cruise but at the same time filled with happiness, contentment and smiles.

For me, 2012 was definitely a year of making dreams a reality.  I ran the Boston Marathon, became involved with Team in Training and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which later proved to be a relationship that would help me make the career change I’d been working so hard for.  I became a certified personal trainer.  I found myself featured on Women’s Running Magazine’s and Fitness Magazine’s websites.  I embraced my new career and job.  And started my journey to become a certified yoga instructor, which in just a few short weeks wraps up.  Michael and I escaped to Maine for a relaxing week away and in June moved in together.  2012 was a big year when I stop to think about it.

For me though, 2012 isn’t about all the accomplishments I can write on paper…sure, I’m proud of them and all of my hard work but I think I’m MORE proud of the person I’ve become and the lessons I’ve learned.  I think I learned this lesson for the second time in my life and I’m sure I’ll have to learn it a third but making your dreams a reality is a lot of hard work.  It’s persistence, diligence, tears and sweat and more so it’s about having a support system who might believe in you more than yourself and will listen to you doubt yourself again and again while always reminding you that you can do this. I’ve learned that not everything needs to be done RIGHT NOW and that truthfully I don’t want to do everything RIGHT NOW. It just means that it make take you an extra year or maybe 5 to accomplish your goals and make your dreams come true but it also means that you’ll slow down and enjoy the journey along the way and really isn’t that what life is all about?  I think most significantly (and with many thanks to yoga teacher training) I’ve finally learned to find peace in life.  I’ve learned how to just be.  I’ve learned to love who I am and outgrow the parts of myself I don’t love.  I’ve learned that the best moments in life are the most simple, like laying in bed laughing with the one you love and curling up with a good book on a snowy day.

As we head in to 2013 I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.  In my efforts to simplify and become a recovering Type A there are no goals to talk about, or lists to tackle this year.  I know my yoga journey will continue on as I transition from teacher trainee to teacher and I know my running will always be there.  Maybe 2013 will have another marathon in store for me, but maybe it won’t.  Most of all I hope 2013 brings as much happiness and laughter to my life as 2012 did.

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As I finished my run this morning I couldn’t help but find hope and happiness in the words that Ellie Goulding so confidently belts out…

But now I’ve seen it through

And now I know the truth

That anything could happen

Anything could happen

So as we welcome in 2013 tonight I hope you’ll believe along with me, that anything could happen and dreams really do come true.

Happy New Year Friends! I wish you all a healthy and happy 2013!