Thursday, March 15, 2012

Zen Amidst Chaos {Bigger Picture Moments}


In a perfect world I would rise early to the chirping birds and the quiet still of the house. I would roll my mat out on the clean and cold floor and I would step on to it cracking my toes and digging into the softness. I would wake my tired and cold muscles with slow deliberate movements, leaning into them, feeling the rhythm of my breathes, allowing them to warm up my body and still my mind. I don’t live in perfect I live in Chaos. 

For a long time that meant that I ignored my desire to get back into a yoga practice because I couldn't do it the “right” way. Dim lights, clean and quiet space, peacefully. As I’m learning to better go with the flow that means fitting in “me time” when I can.

So the baby and I have been doing yoga most morning after dropping off the kids. There are no clean floors, no calm and quiet, It looks a little more like this:

We careen through the door like a pack animal barging through the gate. Our stuff is dropped in a loud heap. I hand the baby a snack and go set up my mat. Piles of kids clutter and laundry are pushed out of the way to lay out my mat. I take care to make sure that none of the Cheerios are directly under the mat.
Sitting on my knees I begin breathe of fire, in out, in out, building speed. The baby thinks this is a great game and she straddles my knees to join in snorting like a little baby bull.
I lift her off my lap to switch positions. It’s her favorite one, where we roll up on our shoulders and back to our sitting bone. She squeals with glee as she hugs my legs waiting for her ride. We rock and we roll and she giggles. 

I continue through my routine, moving around her lifting her off of me. I am her jungle gym and playmate all rolled into one. 

I stretch she squeals and me time turns into “we” time and it’s just as good.


Simply changing from me to we, that's my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What's Yours

Harness the moment. Write it down, share a picture, a poem or prose. However YOU need to process and remember the moment. All moments big and small.

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Stephanie said...

This is so good. I love the simple way you can write such few words and share such a profound truth. Thank you!

Danielle said...

I love the *real*ness of this post. When I exercise with my kids it's a lot like this, only with more laughing and pointing.

May said...

I would soak up that wonderful we time with baby just as often as you can!

Would have loved to be a fly on your wall to watch you getting these photos! So fun.

Emily said...

I love your attitude here! I try to be patient when my three-year-old crawls all over me during yoga, but I really do crave that time alone. You make it sounds so nice though. I think I should try to be more playful!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

You and Hy seem to be on the page...accepting the loveliness of imperfections. A zen place to be indeed! :)