"It's the little things" how cliche right? But OH so true! Teaching my 5:45am class is not only one of the hardest things I do because it's really difficult to get up between 4-4:30am, but it also happens to be one of my favorite things in the world. Why? Because the stillness of the morning is beautiful beyond words.
The stillness of the morning is not tangible, I can't hold it, touch it, or buy it, the only thing I can do is be present for it. If I wake up that is.
This is why I teach a 5:45am yoga class. It's not because it's profitable, it's not because lots of people want to come to a 5:45am class, it's because for me that's where the magic happens. Getting up and getting out of bed for myself in the wee hours of daytime is difficult. It's difficult and if I'm trying to wake up just for myself, I'll normally flake, but if I'm meeting someone or teaching a class I'll be there. This is a mind trick I use to get out of bed in the early mornings. I make myself teach a class, I make myself set an appointment to meet a friend to run or walk for an hour. This way I know I'll build in time to experience the stillness.
Have you ever noticed if you wake up early to go run before work when it's still dark outside, even if you are working hard, running hard, riding hard, doing hard yoga, you find everything around you in stillness? It's like magic. I want the magic of the morning in my life.
What do you do when the bed is warm and inviting to leave it in the wee hours? What are the little things in your life that you can't necessarily hold, or touch, or buy that bring you utter joy and peace of mind?
For me there are lots of lovely little things that make this journey of life worth it, and I'm trying to keep my focus there. Life is currently upside down and tumultuous. Despite that fact I know that if I focus on the little things that ARE truly wonderful, then I can know in my heart center that even in the middle of unpleasant moments there is a light.
Here are a few of my favorite little things 1) The stillness of the morning. 2) Jeans day 3) Four day weekends that start in 8 hours, but who's counting down? ... 4) Teaching Power flow class 5) A warm black cup of coffee 6) My big smelly dog waging his tail looking up at me with his big brown hopeful eyes 7) The Promise of spring and warm weather 8) Road trips 9) A long hot shower 10) Naps
What are your top 10 things that bring you joy? xoxoxox