Unfolding on the Mat
Expanded Content and Thoughtful Guidance
Does the question, "Now what?" keep coming to your mind? At least here in Austin, some restrictions are being lifted and there is a sense that life will return to "normal" eventually, and perhaps sooner than later. Some churches have returned to worshipping together with social distancing, some restaurants are open at 25%, and there is a bit of spring/cabin fever in the air. There's also a lot of debate about the right thing to do.
I'm feeling the same for our yoga community.
Do we come back to class at a limited capacity? How can we maintain connection to the online community we have created together? Is it time to pivot AGAIN???
The only answer I get is, "Not yet."
I feel like I/we are standing in the liminal space between what was and what will be. Richard Rohr describes this liminal space as
"where we are betwixt and between, having left one room or stage of life but not yet entered the next."
(See many great quotes and further reading on the liminal space here.")
It's that moment when the ocean retracts before rushing forward again with a new wave. Or it's the pause between the inhale and the exhale. There is nothing to "do" but wait for right timing to move forward; to go ahead and exhale.
It's in these times that I take stock. I look around at what I've been doing, what has changed, and what still needs attention. I let time exist to hold me, rather than me trying to force my hand on time. I do my practice and nourish my soul with breath, prayer, family, and quiet time. And that is all there is for now. Teaching, listening, breathing, and waiting.
Perhaps you are feeling this in your life as well.
So until "right timing" happens, let's keep practicing together online. Let's continue to gather over the ethers. Let's enjoy what each day brings in whatever way we can. Let's count our blessings, because they are MANY.
We can practice together Tuesday/Thursday morning on Facebook, Wednesdays at noon for meditation on the Psalms, and Friday at 4pm through Waking Giants. Take class any time through your own portal at Chakra Savvy. Stay in touch on Instagram and Twitter. Do some self-care with my videos for you on YouTube.
So until I see you again...
May you stand in the liminal space with patience and grace.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.