Jizo Therapy: Bringing Mindfulness to the Yoga Mat

//Jizo Therapy: Bringing Mindfulness to the Yoga Mat

Jizo Therapy: Bringing Mindfulness to the Yoga Mat

I just had to get off the yoga mat to write this down this morning.

I had not, until this very moment, internalized lovingkindness while I was doing yoga, or aerobics or Pilates mat work. I am always pushing myself to do longer asanas, more reps, better form. The message from my Internal Trainer is usually: “Do more!  Harder!  It’s not enough!” And her meanest words, “You will never, ever look 30 again!” A real motivator, her.

Instead, this morning I began saying, “Oh, my sweet girl, you are doing that beautifully.”  “Nice work!”  “Lovely move.”  And when the other voice, the critical voice inevitably piped up, I held it with compassion, I did not banish it into hell — from which it always makes a fast rebound, anyway.  I even placed my hand upon my face and used Thich Nhat Hanh’s words to my inner child, “My darling, I see you.”

And now that I have gotten this down on paper, I will return to finish my attempt at the union between mind and body, finishing with a restful cool down and off into my day.

Chibi does Yoga

Chibi does Yoga as I regard my Little One with LovingKindness

By | 2013-04-14T08:00:03+00:00 April 14th, 2013|Mindfulness|2 Comments

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  1. Lauren ♥ On Fecund Thought April 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    “My darling, I see you” is a wonderful little mantra to banish the evil Jiminy Cricket on our shoulder!

  2. Patty April 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I am readying myself now to go to class. I will bring these words with me and be kind to myself and enjoy my practice.
    Thank you!

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