Let Go & Do Yoga
Lately I've been holding on to a few things that no longer serve me.
A worry here.
A grudge there.
I've been struggling with practicing what I preach, and today I came across this story referenced in an article from The New York Times called "The Cost of Holding On" by Carl Richards, and I had to share with you...
Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.
The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed.
As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then, she didn’t even thank you!”
“I set the woman down hours ago,” the older monk replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”
I ask you the same question...
"Why are you still carrying her?"...What is it that you are still holding on to?
What's one thing you can set down this week?
Think of that thing as a physical object - like a hat.
Now picture yourself wearing the hat, and very slowly you reach up, take the hat off your head, and place it down on the ground.
Now walk away...
This week's yoga class is an oldie but a goodie.
It's only 10 minutes long so I encourage you to give yourself a quick break today for a little you-time.
Before you practice with me, decide which thing you WILL set down today.
Then as you practice, repeat the words "Let Go" over and over in your mind.
After you've had a chance to practice with me, I'd love to know, was this helpful?
What is the one thing you decided to set down this week?
Be brave, share, and make sure to leave a comment under the video.
Who know's, your courage could encourage others to set down things in their lives that no longer serve them!
To my NY TRIBE...
My next yoga class is THIS Sunday, August 28th at 11 AM - If you haven't already, make sure you click HERE to sign up! Hope to see you there and I encourage you to bring a friend!
With so much gratitude,
P.S. If you have a friend or family member who is struggling with holding on to something that no longer serves them, make sure to share this email with them. This story might help provide the fresh perspective they've been looking for.