Some Reflections on Rest

Today, I Rest

I don’t need fancy moves today.
I don’t want handstands or crow poses,
hollow body holds or revolved triangles.
I don’t want breath of fire,
or skull shining breath,
or breath retentions.

I don’t begrudge the repetitions.
I don’t hate on the powering through.
I don’t look down on the empowered muscled demonstrations of capacity.
I’m dutifully and honestly impressed by the drive.

But today
I don’t want to impress with how long I can carry the weight.

Today I ask
How skillfully I can set it down?
How lovingly and I can move away without wistfulness?

I’m here to celebrate the consistent,
the quiet,
the do it when no one is watching,
almost unnoticed increments of progress.

I’m cultivating slow.
I require the introspection of moving in steady a rhythm.
I want breath to merge with body,
the metronome of a beating heart to be the guide.
And above all,
I herald the boring
and yet the most revolutionary
Act of Rest.

Not because I can’t take one more step
or push anymore.
But because I can.
I can do more.
But because I choose to stop.
To lie down.
To withdraw.
To be still.
To be exactly as I am in the moment.
With nowhere to go,
but here.
With nothing to do.
But this.

Today, I rest.

 

The So-Called “Yoga Challenge”

my yoga challenge is not
requiring
more work
efforting
alone

my yoga challenge is not
discomforting
endeavors
hard working
dramas

my yoga challenge is not
pushing
body
expanding
capacity

is yours?

my yoga challenge is
honoring
kindness
being
present

my yoga challenge is
managing
sorrows
knowing
love

my yoga challenge is
arriving
abiding
serving
breathing
reflecting
learning
understanding
stopping
resting

is yours?

2 replies
  1. Kathleen Busching
    Kathleen Busching says:

    Really beautiful Tara. I agree the hardest and most important thing we could do to honor ourselves is stop a little while and rest.

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