Let Yourself Arrive mentally

A lot of people think that yoga is just various stretching exercises, and that the primary goal is to become as flexible as possible. To begin with, that was also my main focus – Trying to see how far I could get my body in advanced poses, but with time yoga has become a large part of me – an integral part which is always with me, and which, to me, is to a much further extent about where I am and to be one with what is.

More than often we are not mentally aware of where our body is, but are fixated on the future, the past, to-do lists, and all sorts of concerns. We forget the present, which makes it difficult to be mentally present as well.

That is why I personally use a lot of time to allow myself to arrive when I step into a new room – Giving myself time to sense. I sense the contact between my body and the surface underneath me, sense the walls of the room and the ceiling above me. I give myself time to sense my breathing, and time to be.

It is something, which has significantly enhanced my quality of life, by allowing myself, time during the day to arrive. It gives me a larger mental surplus, and lets me experience the present stronger.

Mange tror at Yoga er diverse udstrækningsøvelser, og at det ultimative mål er at blive så fleksibel som muligt. Til at begynde med var det også en stor del af mit focus: hvor fleksibel jeg kunne blive – hvor langt jeg kunne få kroppen ud i diverse yderstilinger, men med tiden er Yogaen blevet en stor del af mig – en integreret del som altid er med mig, og for mig handler det i dag i langt større grad om at være tilstede hvor jeg befinder mig og være med det som er.

Ofte er vi ikke mentalt tilstede hvor kroppen befinder sig, men derimod opslugt af tanker om fremtiden, fortiden, To Do Lister og diverse bekymringer. Vi glemmer nuet og det gør det ikke nemt at være mentalt tilstede.

Derfor bruger jeg personligt meget tid på at lade mig ankomme. Når jeg træder ind i et nyt rum – giver jeg mig tid til at mærke efter. Jeg mærker min krops kontakt til underlaget, mærker rummets vægge omkring mig og loftet over mig. Jeg giver mig så tid til at mærke åndedrættet og tid til at være.

Det er noget som giver mig stor livskvalitet, at give mig tid i løbet af dagen til at ankomme. Det giver mig et større mentalt overskud og gør at jeg oplever nuet stærkere.

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