At the end of every yoga class, for a minute or two everyone lays on their mat trying to find stillness in their body and mind. This is called savasana, and the goal is to be awake but fully relaxed. It’s not easy.
I find my mind rushing to picking up my kids, where we’re going after we leave the Y, what’s for lunch, etc… I’m slightly better at stilling my body, since this is about the only minute of the day when I don’t have someone touching me or asking me to go do something for them. It’s like a treat.
There’s one thing my teacher says that helps my mind settle a little bit more than normal. I find myself coming back to it when I’m trying to relax at the end of the day or when my mind is rushing (#introvert).
She says, “Dive deep beneath the surface of your thoughts.”
I picture the water and the quiet that comes when I dive beneath the surface. In my mind I often have a ticker-tape of thoughts, to-do lists, nagging concerns, and dreams that run constantly. This stage of parenthood means there are a lot of big and very small decisions that rest on my shoulders: Should we potty train yet? When should we move cribs in together? Do we have enough diapers? What should I cook this week? What do my kids need for the cooler weather that’s coming? How do I handle this temper tantrum?
It helps to dive underneath all this noise and rest for a moment.
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