“We turn clay to make a vessel, but it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.” – Lao Tzu
It is around this time of year when the happiness and joy of the season is mixed in with the endless “to do’s”. It is so easy to get wrapped up in having to get everything done so that we can then finally relax and enjoy ourselves while spending time with our loved ones. One thing I try to remind my students and myself, is to pause amidst the hectic movements of the day and take a deep breath in and a deep breath out!
A theme that has been present for me, not only in my own life, but also in my classes, is the idea of creating space. As Lao Tzu shares in his words above, it is the space within each of us “where the usefulness of the vessel depends”. One thing I love about practicing yoga is the sense of openness I feel not only on a physical level, but also in my thoughts. Yoga, for me, creates space. All of the stress, tension, and consuming thoughts that usually take up space within, eventually find release as I practice…breath by breath.
What is filling the space within you? The endless “to do’s”, tension, stress, constant flow of the patterns of thought? If our “vessel” is supported with things that do not free us, then eventually it will begin to fall apart. Practicing yoga gives us an opportunity to be more aware and conscious about what we put into our bodies and into our minds. The choice is ultimately ours on how we fill the space within. Whether it is through your yoga practice, or just sitting quietly and breathing that allows for the “chaos” to lift and release, I encourage you to make the time for it. My wish for each of you is that you are filled with peace, love, and light this season! Deep breath in…..deep breath out…..