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Embrace the Change
By Lori Bushéy

“Change is the only constant in life” these are wise words from Heraclitus, a Greek Sage known as the weeping philosopher. In changing times, life is unpredictable, and as humans what we can’t control, we often don’t understand. In the past few months, many changes have occurred in my life. Once again I live on my own and miss a home filled with joy, chaos, chatter, and laughter. Weekends are now the same as weekdays and I fill my time with “busy” ness. The changes in my life have brought moments of sadness, alone time, and retrospection, but only temporarily; I still sing in the morning. A dear friend said to me, “You are the happiest person I know, you wake up singing.” I do and I’ll let you in on a secret, I make up my own songs, sing out loud, and sing to my animals in the safety of my home! Change is teaching me to sing even louder!

On my own, I have become more observant, more intuitive, and gentler with myself. After all, if I don’t take care of myself, than how can I care about and teach others. I am a teacher, this is my profession, I teach English and I teach Yoga; there is no escaping the title I have earned over the years. Presently, I am earning my advanced 300 hour yoga certification, so in December I will be an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hours and a Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours. I am not so sure about the “Experienced” or “Advanced” titles within the training, because every day I am a beginner, a novice in all that I endeavor and that is the lesson of yoga. Malcolm Gladwell the author of Outliers the Story of Success repeatedly mentions that it takes 10,000 hours to master a specific task or skill, which is equivalent to twenty years. Gladwell also mentions in his book, "What we do as a community, as a society, for each other, matters as much as what we do for ourselves.” This statement resonates with me clearly as I continue to learn and live yoga.

During my 200 hour teacher training, I was very new to yoga, but hungry to learn and grow. In my 500 hour teacher training, I am more grounded and eager to learn more about the seven limbs of yoga that do not include the physical side. In Latin “expectationem” means awaiting or anticipation, so I wait, listen, and learn to let go. Yoga is change and from one day to the next, practice by practice, our body changes, our mind changes, and the way we respond to life changes. What a beautiful process if we can embrace and allow the release of attachment. The only reason for weeping is the fear of letting go. It is amazing what we “See” and “Hear” when we wait, anticipate, and listen to source. I have grand expectations of my yoga journey and rightfully so.

 

We are all practitioners of yoga, we breathe, we live, and we love. In accordance with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (sacred text), there are eight limbs of yoga and each as vitally important as the next.

  1. Yamas, the ethical guidelines of moral behavior towards others.
  2. The Niyamas, the ethical guidelines and morals towards oneself.
  3. Asana, the practice of yoga postures.
  4. Pranayama, the practice of breath.
  5. Pratyahara, the withdrawal of senses from the world’s distractions.
  6. Dharana, the practice of focus and concentration.
  7. Dhyana, the practice of meditation.
  8. Samadhi, the attainment of perfect bliss, merging self with universe.

Only one of the eight limbs of yoga focuses on the physical practice. Yoga encompasses more than strength and flexibility of the body, it focuses on the mind, spirit, and soul. Each limb is an extension of self-actualization, a journey of change and the acceptance of self as a divine, ever-changing entity.

Most of us have been practicing change 10,000 hours or more, surely we should be masters, but then again, maybe this is one area Gladwell’s theory doesn’t fit. It takes a lifetime to adapt to change and just when we think we have it mastered, it changes again.  Change is inevitable, not to regret or tearfully fear, but to embrace and allow. Instead of weeping, invite in great expectations, and remember to sing!

Peace and Namaste.

About Lori Bushey:

Lori Bushéy is an Advanced Placement Literature and Composition instructor with an education background from Exeter College, Oxford University, England, the University of Minnesota, and the College of St. Scholastica. 

Lori is the TruWell Spiritual Coach providing meditation and Yoga education. Lori also teaches yoga at Clearwater Fit, and Ashtanga-based Yoga on Clearwater Beach. Working remotely enabled Lori to practice daily and develop discipline of the mind and body. After an extensive home practice Lori pursued and earned her RYT Training at Anala Yoga under the direction of Ally Ford and is currently working on her 500 hour RYT. Lori lives the yoga lifestyle and truly believes in the positive benefits of the practice. If you ask her “What is yoga?” her response will be, in the words of Rodney Yee, “Yoga is poetry of the body”  and what else would you expect from an English major? Namaste and continue to cultivate Seva.

Lori may be reached at:  labegr@aol.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Yoga2tao 

 

 



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