The Art of Forgiveness

I’ve officially dropped the 30 day Meditation Challenge.  Actually, I decided to drop it a while ago, but blogging time has been in short supply.

The weekend camping trip was wonderful and definitely helped clarify that I need to slow down, take stock and rethink some things.  This has been further clarified by other events in recent history.  Since I’m committed to teaching and work, I’ve been working at trimming away some of the other stressers … and not putting the SHOULD of finding 10 minutes a day for silent sitting was one of the first things to go.

But I haven’t given up!

My new approach has been to walk quietly as much as I can.  Most days and nights I walk to or from work/teaching.  These 20+ minutes walks are excellent time for quiet reflection.  All that’s changed is that I unplug my iPod and don’t make my usual phone calls during that time.  Instead I walk mindfully and let my thoughts go.

This type of revision is exactly what goal-setting is all about: set the intention —  do it —  evaluate and modify as necessary.  It’s what we do every time we step on our yoga mats: some days are Warrior III days and some days are Child’s Pose days — and everything in between.

A wonderful fellow yoga blogger recently wrote “Every step forward is progress. Every step backward { or halted } is a moment to learn and reflect. More practice. More progress. If we stop struggling, pretending to be what we’re not, and just accept…we’re in the flow of life.” – Y is for Yogini

As I struggle with other aspects of life, I keep coming back to this quote.  Life is practice.  We set intentions and goals, we work towards their fruition, but not all goals are meant to be successful.  Often times, (apologies for the cliche,) we learn more from our successes than our failures.

Trying to squeeze one more MUST DO into my day was a failure, but I learned a lot from this experience.

I’ll be taking further advice from the insightful {Y}ogini as we transition in to the fall:

  • More time spent with hip openers.  I hear a 5-10 miniute frog pose calling my name!
  • Delicious fall nourishment, helped along by the incredible bounty of my farm share.
  • Breathe.  Taking more time to just breath – on and off the mat
  • Harvest — after a wonderful, busy, amazing summer it’s time to harvest what’s been sown.  Time to reap the benefits and deal with the consequences. To replant, replenish and repair.



7 responses to “The Art of Forgiveness

  1. YAY!!! As the classic Pitta Personality (candles are meant to be burnt on both ends..that’s why the wick is so damned long), I salute your discernment and good sense.

    Listen to your inner wisdom, or at least, don’t do my trick and wait 45 years before starting to listen!!

  2. Thanks Kate!! 🙂

  3. Great post Abby! I find that anytime I can stop, be quiet and actually reflect is a blessing.

  4. i love your honesty here. so moving and real.

    also, thank you for the shout-out and beautiful words! love u back, my dear girl! xoxo!! 🙂

  5. Warrior III is one of my favorite poses. It helps me the most with my balance. I found Leeann Carey has a great free yoga video that breaks down preparatory poses to land in Warrior III. I thought your readers might want to check it out:

  6. Well said. Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Pingback: What I’ve Learned in 2010 | Perusals & Peregrinations

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