Sunday, December 25, 2011

It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness

So Danielle Lee, a New York based yoga teacher described this time of year so well by quoting Charles Dickens' famous lines; "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair..." . 
This Christmas is different. It's the first one without my father, and I have missed him profoundly the last couple of days. And despite the sorrow there is also much light and beauty; celebrating with my nephews fill me with love, much laughter and a whole lot of lego building:)

It is as if life's different aspects become clearer, sharper, more raw these days. The grief is more intense, the beauty even more beautiful. I love that a day can contain it all, just as much as I love diversity and complexity in other beings.

And amidst the people, food, presents, grief and laughter that fill these Christmas days,  I have my pratice. This lovely pratice that leaves me feeling peaceful and at ease. I roll out my mat and start moving; slowly, softly. These are not the days of a vigerous yoga style. By linking breath and movement; gently opening, streaching, releasing, I feel more equipped to handle all the different aspects of emotions that this season contains. 

So, where ever you are, whether you feel drained emotionally or just physically by eating too much ribbe and marispan; see for yourself how it feels to roll out your mat and gently start linking your breath with your movements. No need for a long practice, just simly tap inwards, reconnect with your body and your mind for a few minutes every day this holiday season. And notice how that makes you feel afterwards. 

I hope your Christmas is one of light and love.

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