I have a lot of important deadlines coming up. The big fundraiser for the kids' school, which I've been helping to plan, is less than two weeks away. The magical date by which I want to have my book done is barreling towards me. The end of one month, the beginning of another. Blah blah blah… we all have things that need to be done sooner rather than later, so I know you know where I'm coming from.
I've been wishing for a universal pause button. Something that would hold the world and time at bay for a little bit, just long enough for me to get ahead, and maybe even rest, but not make me miss one of my 100 Days of Action.
Again, I suspect you understand my longing.
I was doing yoga this morning, laying on my back, eyes closed, and the voice from the computer said something about letting the world go for a minute. I don't remember the exact words, but I remember thinking, “the world can wait.”
More than that. The world goes on spinning. As I lay on my living room floor, breathing in and out as deeply and slowly as I can, the world keeps moving. Time ticks by, and it doesn't move more or less quickly because I'm not keeping track of it.
I needed to remember that.
I can pause whenever I want and nothing will fall apart. No one's life will be ruined, not even mine, by my taking a breath. I can step aside and let the current move, wash over me and by me, and nothing has been lost by my not keeping up.
It goes on anyway, you know. We aren't ever really keeping up. It's an illusion of weight we get when all the things have to be done all the time, but the truth is that none of us are Atlas.
Sometimes I just have to pause long enough to remember that.
This post isn't sponsored, but I was given a year of free online yoga from MyYogaOnline.com (hence the voice from my computer). If you've ever wanted to try yoga yourself, you can get two weeks free through this link.