Practice Letting Go
We invite you to join us for the month of July in practicing the art of letting go!
Yes we know, it’s so much easier said then done, which is why we call it a practice. It’s like everything in life, the more we consciously bring our attention to something, the more we are aware of it and that’s how we create change.
HANDS - I’ve had a fascination with them for most of my life. It’s a way of seeing beyond the surface of a person. It’s easy to smile and say “I’m ok” when things are not, and as a truth seeker, I’m committed to digging deep. So here we go.
More often than not the hands reflect the mental + emotional state of a person. When I look at pictures of people I always look to see if their hands are gently embracing or hard fisting. Most likely if the hands are soft and flowy, the mind is too. If a person is white knuckling, it’s a sign that they’re in a state of control and grasping.
Notice someone picking or biting at their nails or cuticles, it’s usually a sign that they are anxious. We create habits to distract ourselves from our pain. And it’s not just the esthetics of the hands but also in the way they function. Do they slam things down, or gently place them? Are they clumsy or grounded? Are they relaxed or tense? Do you wake up tight fists or relaxed hands?
Our hands are just one way of noticing how we interact with the world in reflection of our inner state. Our arms & hands are an extension of our hearts. How do we relate to the world?
Below are a few ways of practicing aparigraha:
1. Finding more presence - Notice if you tend to get locked into the past or into the future. It’s totally okay to reflect upon past experiences but just don’t stay there as it will cause depression symptoms. It’s also ok to project into the future but with the understanding that life is uncertain. If we live too far forward, this will create anxiety. Just notice your tendencies and gently without shame, bring yourself back into the present.
- Give this a try in your next yoga class - view our schedule
2. Non hoarding - Start to look at your belongings. Do you hold and cling onto things that you don’t need? This is usually a sign of fear and control. If our environment is cluttered so will our mind. Practice clearing space for yourself. Our possessions should not own or define us.
3. Let go of control of others - Practice leaning back and allowing others to find their way.(Unless they’ve asked for your help.) This will give you a chance to really see and appreciate individuality.
- Parents notice if you project your childhood onto your children. “ I want to give my kids the life I didn’t have.” Instead, give yourself the childhood you always wanted and ask your children what will make them happy.
4. Forgive - “Forgiveness is for me, forgiveness set’s me free.” Start to free yourself up of painful and sad memories from your past. Reflection is healthy but staying stuck is not. Forgiveness does not condone bad behavior however it will create freedom for you to turn your pain into your purpose.
5. Let go of perfection - Do you give yourself a hard time when you do something wrong? How about if you fall out of a pose in yoga class - do you talk crap to yourself? Notice where you’re highly critical of others, it’s a great mirror for where we are critical about ourselves. When we have awareness we can "let go" of unhealthy habits and create new ones. Work towards progress, perfection is not reality nor is it attainable.
6. Self love - Holding onto pain will only distract us from giving love to ourselves. Theres’ so much research that proves the benefit’s of exercise & yoga on stress reduction. Give yourself extra TLC (tender love & care) without guilt. Take a warm bath. Sleep in. Eat nourishing foods. Meditate. Adorn yourself in beautiful clothes & jewels. Cuddle. Go for a walk. Travel. Fill up!
We loved receiving all of your emails, Facebook posts and Yelp reviews sharing how these practices have supported you.
We can't wait to hear how our July practice will help you in letting go so you can go with the flow!