When Overwhelmed And In Despair
Focus on taking one step ...
Posted by Anne Marie Tovey on 28/10/2020 @ 8:00AM
This beautiful poem was shared by a Facebook friend this week and it took me back to a time when I had to make a list of very basic, everyday tasks, to serve as motivation to move forward ...
It's amazing the insights our grandmothers can give us!
On my list were tasks like, get out of bed, make your bed, eat, walk the dog. The days when the thought of facing another day was overwhelming, my list served as motivation. I also want to remind you that we are never alone, our constant reliable friend, our breath, is always with us.
"Take a moment to feel the presence of
the breath inside you!"
Just let the breath do what it will. Slowly begin to rest your attention on the exhalation, effortlessly leaving your body. Notice the momentary pause at the end of the exhalation? There is no thought and no movement. Simply relax and let it happen.
Trust that the next breath can arise without you 'grabbing' for it. The new breath automatically arises out of this pause. The inhalation is born out of the stillness of the pause and exhalation dissolves into it.
Think of the pause as a well, a place of strength, a resource that you can draw from whenever you need it - a reliable and constant friend that is always there for you, prana or life-force.
I close with this beautiful poem by Elena Mikhalkova about a tip her grandmother once gave her. It serves as a recipe during these times of overwhelm and despair to help us through it.
Until next time ...
ANNE MARIE TOVEY
I offer personalised 1-2-1 yoga classes, a 10-week Yoga4Health Programme commissioned by the NHS
or monthly subscription chair-based yoga classes on Zoom three times a week at 12 noon to 12:30pm
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
About Anne Marie Tovey ...
Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.
She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.
Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.
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