Almost two years ago, I was at a session with my life coach Gage and came up with a fun challenge of doing what feels good deep inside for 100 consecutive days. It was a few months after I separated from my husband and I wanted to focus on discovering who I am and what makes me truly happy.
On day four, I decided to clean out my closet and just pick out the clothes that feels good and get rid of the rest.
An inspiring lady that has been taking my Yoga class since my first day I started teaching Yoga, saw the Facebook post of me cleaning out the closet and gave me a book called “the life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo.
The method I had used to clean out my closet was basically the same way this book instructs you to tidy up. The author of this book says you should hold each item in your hand to notice if you feel a “spark of joy” (in Japanese called “tokimeki” ときめき) and if you do, you can keep that item even if it is old or out of style.
I loved this.
I loved it because this method was something that makes you tune into your intuition instead of THINKING about what you should do with your belongings.
I got hooked and got rid of A LOT of stuff. I even folded and stored my clothes exactly the way she tells you to and it felt SO GOOD to be surrounded by what makes me feel good and to feel organized. (I must admit… a lot of what I got rid of is now in my garage and I still have major tidying up to do there…)
All this “tidying up” is cleaning up what you can see. Clothes, books, paper, pictures, etc.
When I practice my Yoga, especially Yin Yoga, I feel like it is a “tidying up” of my body. Tidying up the invisible… the tension that gets stuck in my body, especially from past thoughts and emotions that I don’t want settling deep into my body.
It’s not that I am resisting emotions. I admit I feel guilt, anger, frustration, even hate towards certain people and/or events, especially with what is happening in this country right now.
But I don’t want those thoughts/emotions to accumulate inside me, just the way I don’t want unnecessary and unwanted possessions to take over my house.
So, what I do is when I come into a Yin Yoga pose, like the shoelace, making sure that I feel the good stress in the target area (which is the glutes/IT band/spine), I become still…. I focus on FEELING the sensation of relaxation sloooooowly ripple across and through my body as if this sensation is cleansing my body from any negative thoughts/emotions that would have become stuck otherwise.
If I let the sensations of anger, fear, hate, reside in my body, I think I will be more prone to feeling those emotions over and over again, which means it will accumulate even more. On the other hand, if I practice letting go of the tension that arise with those emotions through my Yin Yoga practice, I can catch the sensations when they surface and decide if I am going to give it permission to reside in my body or not.
Just the way I still have to tidy up my garage, which has been on my to-do list for the past …. months, okay maybe years… I know I have a lot of tidying up to do with my emotional body, but I am SO very grateful for the tools I have.
Whether it is my house or my body, I want to create and save room for FEELING GOOD.
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