Busyness robs us of the gift right in front of us

It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. Rushing from one thing to the next, racing through life and feeling there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. I find myself at times saying “I’m super busy!”, as if being busy is a good thing; I’m being productive and contributing to life. What I am being is stressed, tired and disconnected.

“Busyness robs us of the gift right in front of us.”

One of the great things about being a yoga teacher is I practice and teach presence and mindfulness almost every day. When you practice doing just one thing at a time (such as breath awareness), you sharpen your ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate. When we practice one-pointedness, we are developing our ability to remain with a task for as long as it is necessary to accomplish a particular  goal. If we are to succeed in any endeavour, be it bringing an end to insomnia, anxiety, busyness, accomplishing a job at home or work, or awakening to our True Nature, the mind needs to possess the ability to remain one-pointed for as long as is necessary to accomplish our goal. The more you practice these skills, the easier they become and before you know it, you are more mindful in other aspects of your life. So when you become busy or rushed, you notice you are busy and when you notice you are busy you have an opportunity to make a choice. You can stay busy (and at times this is necessary and appropriate) or change your behaviour. We can choose also to be calm busy or chaos busy.

When we change our behaviour, the outcomes and consequences of our actions change too. I know this sounds simple and it is. The hardest part is noticing; being present enough to ask ourselves, “Is this behaviour or choice bringing me closer to contentment, happiness and peace or further from it?”

 

Tips for practising presence / mindfulness at home.

1. Do one thing at a time.one-pointedness

2. Eat slowly and mindfully (away from TV’s, computers and smart phones)

3. Focus on what can be done today. Think about tomorrow, tomorrow.

4. Plan your day before it begins. Ideally the night before or early morning.

 

Loving Kindness to All

May all beings of all kinds,

in all directions

be happy and in peace.

Above and below,

Near and far,

High and low.

All types of beings.

Humans and non-humans.

Seen and unseen.

All the animals, birds, and fishes.

All beings and creatures,

With no exceptions.

May they be happy.

May they be free.

I open my heart

and accept the loving-kindness

of every being and creature

in return.

I let that love into my heart.

And I share the benefits of this

meditation with every one

Gregory Kramer

May you all find joy and peace this festive season. Blessings to all.

Namaste

The spirit of Christmas

All too often we can become drawn into the busyness of Christmas. Rushing from place to place, buying gifts, writing cards, cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking, the list goes on. We buy into the commercialism and find ourselves overspending and overindulging. How would you feel to spend less on gifts and give more to those who are really in need. If you consumed less food and drink and spent quality time with those you truly cared about, rather than rushing from one engagement to the next.

Christmas is said to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. Is that how you truly feel this Christmas?

Take time to really taste and enjoy your food. Give thanks to all that enabled this meal to be before you. Savour this time of connection : with family and friends. Give without expectation and receive with love and gratitude.

May your Christmas be joyful, peaceful and safe.

With love and blessings,

Gabrielle xx

Give from the overflow

I have recently returned from a wonderful weekend away. It was organised through Yoga Australia, who welcomed members and non members alike. We shared beautiful food (vegan and gluten free), though I did miss the honey in my chai and a morning coffee. It was wonderful to meet with like minded people; to explore new ideas and share our experiences. The highlight for me was our kirtan with Sacred Earth. Through mantra in songs of devotion, accompanied by the harmonium and acoustic guitar, we explored the sounds of our hearts and minds. I found a deep sense of peace and belonging: a sense of community. Those feelings are still with me today, some five days later.

We also discussed the importance of looking after yourself as a teacher, one who gives to others. A recurring theme was this : “We need to fill ourselves up, so we can give from the overflow”. I was reminded of the importance of active relaxation – walking, gardening and other leisure activities that fill you up.

The experiences of the weekend have filled me to overflowing, a gift I am grateful for. I feel blessed to share my love of yoga with all.

Hari Om