Permission. This word has many meanings depending on the context. Authorization, consent, leave, authority, sanction, license, blessing, clearance and empowerment.
Such a powerful word with so many meanings. Twenty-four hours a day 365 days a year we are constantly thinking, planning, shifting away from the now. Living in this moment becomes rare, almost a challenge. Yoga has always given me permission to divert from the thinking, the planning, the shifting and find my way to the now.
I live a full life. A yoga studio owner, teacher, student, and a yogi. Outside of yoga, I am a full-time high school educator, and a part-time student enrolled in a yoga therapy program. The point is, our days can quickly fill up. Our natural state of mind and life can become “busy.” Take a moment to think about the questions and the countless number of times many of us have responded with the same answer… “busy.” “How are you?” “How was your day?” “Did you have time for you?” I am challenged daily to slow down and respond with something besides “I am too busy.”
Yoga has taught me that life doesn’t always have to be so busy. I can simply press pause on “busy.” When I roll out my mat, lay down and simply breathe, I embrace stillness. No cell phone, no emails, no to-do list, no noise. It’s my mat and me. During this time, I am giving myself permission to experience, to move, to breath, to be still, to self-love and to live in the now.
Occasionally, I have those we-need-to-talk intimate conversations with myself. Each morning I look in the mirror and say, “I can do this.” Each day I come home from work, I take a moment to ask myself, “ How am I feeling? What is my body trying to tell me, and am I listening? Do I need an extra hour of sleep? A girls day? Some ice cream? To watch the sunrise? A vacation? To simply slow down?” I take a moment to reflect on my thoughts and create my reality. My reality is what my body and mind need. They need my authentic true self.