Yoga practice creates space.
Space allows us the opportunity to act slowly and mindfully. This benefits us tremendously. We spend so much of our days on autopilot, not knowing why we do what we do. Do we take the time, the space, to know truly why we do things? More often than not, the answers end at the surface. Diving deeper into ourselves grants us the opportunity to make decisions based on truth. If we just follow along reacting to stimuli, we miss out on the shot to participate, to live instead of merely existing.
In space, the period between actions, between thoughts, understanding occurs. I cannot over-emphasize how important this is these days. Everyday we hear about potential threats: financial collapse, nuclear attacks, war, poverty, gang violence, school shootings, sickness… We are being conditioned to react to these events with fear and urgency. Fear preoccupies us with self-preservation and urgency prevents understanding. This is not living. It is surviving, but for what purpose? To continue living in constant anxiety? Whereas, if we pause and cultivate the space to understand each other we could take steps to create a more compassionate and inclusive world. We would have nothing to fear, for through understanding comes friendship.
Chanting Om (AUM) sends us into the place between thought and action, a place of love, safety, and understanding.
- Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit.
- Feet either cross legged, or flat on the floor, spine straight.
- Close your eyes and inhale deeply.
- For the entirety of the exhalation chant Om at whatever tone is most natural for you.
- Repeat 3 times or as many as you’d like.