I am a big dreamer. And a creative thinker. And a peace-loving yogi.
I am also a tiny bit of a control freak.
I had a moment of clarity about my slightly overly-controlling nature a few years back at a yoga workshop.
It was time to partner up for an activity. I instantly decided who I wanted to be partners with (or more importantly who I did not want to be partners with) and was frantically - but subtly - trying to adjust my position in the room so everything would fall into place just right.
I caught myself in that moment.
You are in a yoga studio, Erin. A place where you learn and teach about peace and non-attachment.
What the heck are you doing? And why?
I'd like to say that was the last time I attempted to control the world. Of course it was not.
What I can say is that I have much more awareness about this side of my personality and I am able to see the signs - clenched jaw, tight throat, a sensation of not being able to breathe - when I am attempting to control things that are not my business to control.
I have also picked up a few tools over the years to step back, re-center and let go.
(Something I've been needing to do a lot of this week.)
Below is a breathing exercise called "The Reset Button." It is one of my favorite ways to re-center because I can do it anywhere. Give it a try next time your world gets a little too intense and let me know what you think.
Love & Light...