India is now in its third day of lockdown and the ashram is mirroring what is going on outside. While the people in the ashram have been pretty much isolated for a while now the government and health department have concerns over the number of people here and so did an inspection today. Checking to ensure that similar procedures are being followed to the rest of the country in lockdown. “2 metres” is becoming a new mantra!
I’ve been speaking to a few people this last week about change – we are going through a period of unprecedented change in the world just now and we need to start doing things differently. For some, change is not comfortable but it is part of the cycle of life. Yin and yang, as one phase ends a new phase begins. Sometimes change is within our control, sometimes it is not.
I was speaking to one person here at the ashram, dissatisfied with her life currently and wanting a complete change. I asked her what she was doing about changing her life – she said she couldn’t do anything. She was due to fly back to Germany this week but due to the lockdown and cancellation of flights coming in to the country she isn’t going anywhere just yet. So she’s frustrated, she feels stuck, she misses being able to go to the beach here too. She’s worried about losing her job if she has to stay here longer. I asked her what would happen if she lost her job, what would she do? She said she would look for a new job. I suggested that this might be an opportunity to make changes to do something different but she didn’t seem convinced!
I know so many people in similar positions, they just keep doing the same thing over and over again yet still wanting things to change. And then something happens that forces them to make a change – some recognise that opportunity to change, others just keep on trying to do the same things and getting frustrated, angry, hankering back to the ‘good old days’
For some, they are not looking for change, they are quite content breezing through life when something forces change upon them. Again they have two choices – some adapt, seize opportunities to do things differently, others need to be pulled along, some with gentle leading, some dragged kicking and screaming.
How do you react to change?
What is happening in the world right now is making us all sit up and take notice that things have to change. The planet needs to take a breath and we need to think how we can do things differently so that we look after the planet and each other – live in a balance. I am heartened to see people starting to make changes, some stepping out of their comfort zones to do so. Businesses forced to make changes that previously they would have said weren’t possible. But rather than just trying to live as normal a life as possible is it time to create a new normal?
I know you are already having to do things differently to normal but what are you going to consciously change or do differently this week?
How do you want your life to be? What one thing can you do this week that makes a difference to your daily life and takes you a step closer to how you want to live your life? Change doesn’t need to be a big bang and often isn’t. Making one small change every week can amount to big things over time. Times like this can feel overwhelming and like we don’t have any control but you still have so much freedom to make choices – choosing to eat healthily, making exercise or meditation part of your daily routine, learning something new. How many times in the past have you said “I wish I had more time to do x, y or z” Now we have time at home are you using it to do any of these things? There are so many possibilities and this is a big opportunity to shake your life up and reshape it. Don’t just do what you’ve always done but in a slightly different way. Take time and think, then take action rather than just reacting.
For some of you learning or developing your yoga practice has been on your list of things to do & I am delighted to see so many fantastic yoga teachers I know offering their classes online. I know for some this has meant stepping out of their comfort zone but they are adapting and finding new ways to do things to help people maintain their practice and stay fit and healthy. I’m not able to offer classes online just at the moment (other exciting things are being worked on!) so I’ve listed some fabulous teachers below who are live streaming their classes.
For those of you reading my blog that worry about going to a class in person because you’re ‘not flexible enough’ etc, no excuses now you can try in the comfort of your own home.
Stay safe and well
Yoga Classes Online:
Julie Hanson & Karen Naismith @ Seasonal Yoga Academy
Carla Webster @ Prana Yoga Studio
Alison o’Donnell – Easy like Sunday Mornings, Sundays 9.30am – Text NAMASTE to 07771 867582 & Alison will send you details
Mark Russell – Kridaka Yoga