This week as I sat pondering what to talk, teach, and write about, I thought to myself, "I need to just stop talking!"
I thought, "People must be getting sick of me saying, bla bla bla bla bla." To be honest, I am getting sick of myself saying it.
So instead of me talking and giving my students yet another instruction on how to do their job of doing yoga better, I thought, "I should just be quiet so they can listen to themselves."
According to the Native Americans, "we are the ones we have been waiting for."
Unfortunately, many of us are so busy doing that we have forgotten how to just be.
I heard someone say that we have become human doings instead of human beings. We are constantly doing and even when we are not doing, we are planning what we are going to do!
Wouldn't it be nice to just be where we are without having to do anything at all.
Some of the doing is necessary, but much of the doing is just a habit. A way of being that we have gotten accustomed to. Since the birth of the iphone, even when we are just sitting, we are checking our messages, sending texts, or playing words with friends.
So while we might think we are not doing because we are just sitting, we are filling the non doing with talking. Talking on the phone, talking in our heads, talking through texts, talking via email, talking to the TV that is talking to us.
At the risk of giving you something else to do, I am going to stop talking just after I suggest that you take at least five minutes every day to just sit.
Stop moving, stop talking, stop thinking and just breathe.
But don't listen to me, listen to you.
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