Published on August 29th, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey0
Everything You Need
Do You Have Everything You Need?
Sure, there’s always something we probably want MORE of in our lives, but in this moment, don’t you have everything you really NEED?
If you regularly take yoga classes in the first world, you probably have access to clean water, a refrigerator, food and a safe place to sleep. While there is sadly a lot of unnecessary poverty, food scarcity (AND income inequality) in this country, we do enjoy, for the most part, a very high standard of living.
It sounds trite but often, in this very moment, we are not actually in need of anything.
As I was helping my elderly dog walk across the street this morning, the palm trees – ubiquitous in Southern California – looked especially bright and cheerful. The sun was shining. Although I have a shoulder injury and woke up pretty damn stiff, and although Leo has a tough time walking these days, and although although although…there are so many blessings around me.
And I’m determined to say, at the end of my life, that I savored it all.
We have a cultural addiction to acquiring goods – it’s called consumerism and it’s pretty much the American religion – but even more insidious, is the cultural drive towards achievement.
There’s nothing wrong with ambition and striving. Achievement has defined most of my life and continues to, but today at 43 I’m finally able to let go of many of the anxieties that plagued me in my 20s. Who was I going to be? What was I going to do? How much money would I make and who was I going to marry? Those things rent an increasingly tiny portion of real estate in my mind today, and I thank yoga and just plain ol’ getting older for that!
Yoga really teaches you to slow down and find a tiny bit of peace within a pose. And hence, within your experience of being alive.
Some people are uncomfortable with spirituality in their yoga class or their private session. I totally respect that. I have several clients who told me they want just exercise and no Sanskrit, no chanting, no BS. Sometimes they’ve had bad experiences with organized religion and are weary of new-age proselytizers. Other times, they just want to get in shape for a wedding.
I welcome anyone and everyone to yoga.
I do think though, after 24 years of practice, that it’s nearly impossible to practice yoga for an extended period of time and not feel some non-physical benefits. You don’t have to call them spiritual or god-like or even mindful benefits.
But changes occur within and the world gets simpler.
You realize that having a pain-free body, clean water and food, a safe place to rest your head at night, and someone/something to love and receive love from are all you really need.
If you’re ready to change up your life, reorganize your insides by moving your outside, and learn to start living with ease inside YOUR body, consider working with a private yoga instructor.
I’d love to teach you all that I know!