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Navigating Changes

Written by on September 22, 2020 in Conscious Living, Meditation with 0 Comments

 

Change Is In The Air

First day of fall. School has started. Schedules are changing, becoming more busy, even despite the pandemic. The crescendo of the presidential election is getting louder. The leaves are changing.

 

Things are always changing. Sometimes we are caught up in the momentum of this motion of change to the degree that it becomes impossible to avoid feeling constantly rushed, out of time, and strained. 


 

We can skillfully navigate these changes and all the vicissitudes of life by creating a grounded seat from which all this change may happen around us without making us lose our center. With a grounded relationship to change, you'll find yourselves not only able to navigate change but even thriving with this change.

 

Grounding Practices

Here are a few ideas to help us stay grounded amidst change.

  1. Simple meditation technique: Find a quiet place where you can possibly be undisturbed for a few moments (sometimes this is sitting in your car). Sit comfortably and set a timer for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and begin to count your exhales. If your mind wanders or you lose your count, start over with the counting. The objective is not to count to some outrageously high number, but rather to continue to come back to center when you leave. We all wander so there's no judgment when you do. Try doing this every day. You may want to extend the time to 15, 20, or 30 minutes. 
  2. Make a point to go on a gentle walk and leave your phone behind. Find the joy in walking for the sake of walking. Inform yourself of the natural world and notice the trees, sky, flowers, etc. Like Wallace Stevens said, “Perhaps the truth depends upon a walk around the lake.” When placing yourself in nature, you often remind yourself of your role in the world and how you too are naturally the way you are. 
  3. Practice yoga. Find an online yoga class to class or roll out your mat and begin to breathe. Match your breath with the poses that your body seems to crave. If you’re practicing on your own, don't worry about practicing for a certain amount of time, just practice whatever feels the most natural. Allow your body the pleasure of gently warming up then release tensions with some long, slow, deep stretches. Give yourself several moments to rest in savasana and then go about your day.

 

With some help is keeping us grounded, you'll find yourself ready to meet the changes that are unfolding. Best of luck to you as you are navigating whatever changes are occurring in your life. 

Namaste.

 

Photo by Alex Adams

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and the author of Practical Yoga Nidra: The 10-Step Method to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, or traveling to teach, he also writes for Yogi Times, Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program. Scott just moved back to Salt Lake City after living in Southern France with his family.

 

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