Photo: Allan Levine
Making the Journey Toward a More Symmetrical Existence.
Life is all about balance, or at least the attempt to find some semblance of the substance. After a depressing, cold, snowy winter in the northeast, we were blessed with an unusually balmy February day. As I alighted on my first outside stroll in months, I was struck by my emotional reaction as I found myself once again emerging from my virtual hibernation of winter.
I had been practicing yoga throughout the winter, and I was seized by an interesting contrast between my yoga practice and my walking workout. As I pumped, pushed and persevered through my maiden jaunt, I was outwardly beaming. I noticed that everything I was feeling and doing while walking, was quite the opposite of what I strive to attain in my yoga practice.
In yoga, I attempt to clear my mind of all thoughts; while walking, my mind is chattering a mile a minute. In yoga, I move inward to reflect. During my walk, I could not help but to smile and interact with everyone and everything (dogs) that came my way. I was acutely aware of my surroundings, noticing the white clouds against the blue sky, the tufts of grass peeking through snow. In yoga, I could be anywhere, making a very conscious effort to be totally unaware of my surroundings and those around me.
During my walk, my heart and psyche were totally focused outward, reaching out for the universe and calling it to to me. Yoga gives me the quiet introspection I need to give myself to the universe. It took a gift of a warm winter day to discover this sublime inverse relationship and make my journey toward a more symmetrical existence all the more attainable.