Taking time to breathe

So often I find myself rushing, constantly thinking of things I ‘need’ to get done without taking any time to stop and breathe.  Sound familiar?

Well today I took a morning out and what a better way to start than with yoga.

I went along to Lululemon and was delighted to see the mats laid out in the park across the street. I settled in to my mat – listening to the birds, feeling the warmth of the sun and started to breathe. I was reminded of how important it is to try and calm your mind by a quote from Shunryu Suzuki shared at the beginning of the practice:

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginners mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few”

Feeling stretched and relaxed, (I wonder if this is how a cat feels?), I headed home to spend the rest of the morning reading in the sun and fell asleep listening to the Cicada and Tui. Bliss!

Beautiful start to the day.

Beautiful start to the day.

View from my yoga mat.

View from my yoga mat.

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