Welcome to my new series: Off the Mat. The physical practice of yoga has given me an incredible amount of tools I use off my mat. This series will be a place to share those. I'd love to hear about your stories too! #comments
Create space for something new. - Baron Baptiste
I am a hoarder of glass. Old jelly jars, kombucha bottles, vintage ball jars, I love how useful they are! If I buy a product in glass chances are I’ll save the glass to re-purpose it. My Argo tea bottles are saved for our loose leaf tea. My scotch bottles used for flower vases. Larger juice bottles to hold my epsom salt and baking soda in the bath. This morning after I cleaned my newest kombucha bottle, I opened the cupboard to put it away and to my surprise (horror), there was no room! Every inch of our glass cupboard is packed full with every kind of glass container I’ve saved from recycling. I actually said out loud “it’s time to create space for something new!” I had to laugh because I've heard this phrase countless times on my mat, said countless times teaching and now it has found it’s place in my kitchen.
In my practice, I hold on to ideas about my what body can’t do. I hold my breath to avoid doing a pose fully. I grip my mat to avoid fully sinking into a pose. I hold on to my thoughts and let them distract me from what is happening. In my kitchen I hold on to jars. In my life I hold on to people, places, ideas, hopes, dreams, and stuff. When I get rid of stuff, remove the jars* that aren’t serving me any longer, remove the bottles I’ve never used. I create space in my cupboard. Literal space for something new to go. It’s easy for me to become fearful about letting those things go because what if i need them? What if someday they will serve me? (*Replace the word jars with any people, places, or things.) When I do let them go, there is space. It works the same on my mat and in my life. When I look inside and see what is no longer serving me I am able to let it go, I create space. In that space I can create something new, I can stretch passed who I am right now and what I’ve got right now, to a new place.
I’m heading to my kitchen to clean our my cupboards, a mindful practice to create space in my life and heart for beatify to cultivate and grow.