Life is hard. Life is busy and if you are like me you have about 590 things going on in your mind at once. This trait makes Yoga my perfect mate and hardest endeavor which is probably why I love it so. Stillness is almost extinct in this day and age where multi-tasking is revered and doing more means we ARE MORE. And yet I am convinced that in stillness we finally truly begin to live. Savasana or Corpse Pose CAN BE the HARDEST YOGA POSE there is.
Doesn’t that look exhausting? I once had a panic attack during Savasana – never mind that the room was 107 degrees. There is so much vitality in ‘dead body’ pose, never mind the oxymoron. Indira Gandhi said:
And there you have it. In the frenzy of modern life, stillness is the key to vitality. In the repose of corpse pose we are vibrantly alive. BUT HOW THE HELL DO WE GET THERE?
How do we become still and focused?
1. Practice a crap load of yoga!
It is said that yoga is about peeling back the layers and finding the simple truth. Your authenticity. The place you are aligned and happy and not distracted and pulled in a thousand directions which is my usual state of mind. Anything other than the truth is a lie. So all the unrealistic expectations you have for yourself and the way-too-dense to-do list are lies. So get back to your truth and your mat and maybe Savasana won’t feel so flippin’ hard. It can be luscious. We can remember the peace of the stillness and bring it to the great activity that is the truth of our lives. Indira says it’s possible.
2. Clean up your diet!
Get rid of crap you don’t need.
- Your body will like it.
- Your digestive processes can operate with efficiency and precision.
- It is proven that some foods help brain function.
In Carol Sorgen’s article: Eat Smart for a Healthier Brain. It is said that if we add these ‘superfoods’ to your daily diet, you will increase your odds of maintaining a healthy brain for the rest of your life.
- Wild Salmon
- Nuts and Seeds
- Whole Grains
Dear God! I think I just died and went to good-food-choices heaven. I love all of these. If they can help me focus and live better. huge, huge SCORE!
They say eating a green pizza bigger than your head works too.
3. Find a ‘Focus Mantra’
This idea may sound a little vague and a lot woo-woo but hang with me. Focus, Dang it!
A mantra is: any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power. (Dictionary) My personal one for personal reasons is:
Fight. Finish. Faith.
Find something that grounds you. It can be as simple as one word like ‘believe’. It can be a little more lengthy like Indira’s quote above. (Don’t say I never gave you anything. You have your very own Focus Mantra now.)
4. De-clutter everything.
I am very very sentimental but I do not keep things I don’t need, love, or use. Just because Great Aunt Ethel (whom you never met and passed on in 1965) touched a soup ladle (and you don’t even like soup) doesn’t mean you have to keep said ladle. You are NOT are a sinner if you give it to Goodwill. Others I am very close to probably disagree.
And keep your living and workspace clear of crap you don’t need, love, or use. Clean lines and open spaces invite good thinking and calm minds. Not like this:
This is my current workspace. It is an example of what NOT to do. Because of a recent profound loss, I am giving my entire life a haircut. No more dead-ends that take up space and serve no purpose. This means my home, my calendar, my relationships, my to-do list and my commitments. Lean and open is the new approach to everything including my body and mindspace. Here we go!!!
5. Be still
To cultivate stillness and focus you have to practice. Do some of this:
That is all.
I am in this quest with you. I am still me. I am still certifiably an adult with ADD. I have:
- 45 hobbies
- 100 areas of interest
- 755 goals for the year
And 1 life (as far as I know) with 24 hours in each of a finite number of days. This is not easy for me but anything worthwhile never is. There is magic and vitality in the stillness. I will focus on finding focus and perhaps Savasana won’t make me an actual corpse.
Do you have trouble focusing?
How to you right yourself in the waves of distraction?
Do you a saver or a purger?
Purger all the way!!