Wednesday, February 23, 2011

40 Days of Relaxation - Day 25

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 - Day 25
For my practice I tried to do nothing again. I laid in my calm room and stared at the ceiling trying not to think or do anything. I am really starting to like this practice. Remember when you were a kid and you would do nothing? People (parents) would come by and say, "What are you doing?" and you would reply, "I dunno, nothing." Usually that "nothing" involved laying upside down, hanging from your bed or the couch, or maybe you were sitting in some small cozy space just hanging out. Why don't we do that as adults? I guess my calm room is my adult fort.

Yoga is a funny thing. We talk about cultivating the beginner's mind, remaining curious, and working towards "not doing." I'm starting to think that we all already know how to do this. Or rather, we knew how to do this when we were kids. Yoga seems like a process of remembering what we already knew, what already came naturally to us as children.

Go ahead, crawl into your cubby and do nothing.


Image from Banana Head Kids in Brisbane. 

2 comments:

Heidi Ribkoff said...

How true... I have seen this in my own kids. We DO need to relearn how to "do nothing", thanks for the posting. I think I'll mentioned this in my yoga classes!

Sara said...

Hi Heidi - Thanks for stopping by. I invited my Tuesday AM class to do nothing in Savasana. Haven't heard reaction yet but I think I'll keep offering the idea.