‘How fast can you get back to your breath?’ – my favorite yoga teacher would ask this as he ends an intense session, easing practitioners into a Savasana. When your heart rate is up and your muscles are tense, how easily can you go back to a state of calm?
We’ve all had different experiences in the previous year. Some of us have lost – money, our jobs, people we love. Some of us have seized the opportunity to learn new skills, hone our crafts, look inward and reflect. In many ways, it was tough, and the tough parts came in waves and in varying intensities. In these moments, our breath becomes short. Even worse, we forget to breathe.
That said, here is my new year’s wish:
This year, I hope that you (and I) find the courage to begin again, and do so in a state of calm. For every breath in, I hope that you inhale love. And for every breath out, you exhale with gratitude, letting go of what was. I hope you accept what is, and that somehow you find peace in it. And I hope, if you ever find yourself tense again, that you manage to get back to your breath, into the state of calm with which you began.
Have a lovely new year.
P.S. I’ve been writing new year’s wishes every year since 2012, and have skipped the last 2 years. In a way, this is me, beginning again.