The Winter Solstice marks a subtle shift in the year – the amount of daylight reaching us starts to change – creating either the shortest, or longest day – depending upon which hemisphere you live in!
And according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, December 21st 2012 is the end of the Bak’tun period – the end of an era – not quite the end of the world… but what does it mean?! Maybe nothing – life as usual. But maybe we can use the hype to inspire a train of thought: how do we interact with the world we live in?
Yoga and running are both amazing means of experiencing our surroundings and interacting with the world. Who hasn’t been affected by the wind, rain, snow, sunshine or humidity whilst out running but returned home feeling more alive? Who hasn’t noticed the uplifting effect of scenery – whether it be a sunrise or sunset, a frosty pavement or a dramatic backdrop? Who hasn’t felt the warming effects of sun salutations on a chilly morning? Just taking time to step outside, or onto a yoga mat – literally or figuratively – can do wonders for the soul 🙂
Swami Vishnu-Devananda wrote:
“Yoga is a life of self-discipline built upon the tenets of simple living and high thinking.”
If we do want to improve our interactions in the world, then the words of the Swami are perfect guidance. The Swami also stated, “The most positive action we can perform to contribute to the momentous task of bringing our planet back into balance is to start changing ourselves.”
To make a start all we need to do is go for a run, notice our breathing and posture, stretch out in down dog afterwards and then meditate for a few moments to give thanks for our unique abilities. Simple but high thinking.
Whatever the ‘2012 hand’ dealt to you, have great expectations for 2013.
Live simply and think highly – for your self and for others.
Namaste & Happy Trails.