“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” ~Rumi
Ever been in a situation where no matter what you did, the worse it got? You keep spinning your wheels trying to make it better, but end up being more like a hamster in a wheel, spinning very fast and not getting anywhere. There are times when being this type of person, a ‘thinker,’ calls out all your 18 shades of crazy and you’re overthinking things, completely lost inside your own head. Unfortunately, the harder you try to shut down the insecure internal voice that operates out of panic, the louder it gets. It makes it super confusing to re-orient yourself in the direction of inner wisdom (and usually digs a deeper sinkhole). Booooo.
Outside of purely spiritual practices, there is yet another way of proactively quieting this part of your mind so you can gain clarity: the physical. Surrendering to any sort of practice that involves your whole body can help calm your inner control freak. Turning our brains off for a while in favor of connection to our breath, surfing a big ocean wave, fully stretching in downward dog or feeling our feet moving in rhythm on a spin bike releases us by focusing on what we are feeling in the present moment. That is truly powerful. You get out of your head. Instead of trying to convince or persuade your mind of something, you take an indirect, active route to shift yourself into listening mode through physical activity.
Some of my very best creative inspiration for scripts has come to me in the middle of a spinning class. I have finished a hand-balancing class at my aerial school – only to madly dash home because a poem was suddenly bursting out of me, ready to be borne. I have been so moved in my sunrise ashtanga practice that I was quietly wiping tears away from my face during savasana, because I knew what I needed to change within myself after strong chest and heart openers during back bending.
Learning how to turn our brains off and be in the moment, focusing on what our body is telling us, is a simple backdoor entry to where our inner wisdom is hiding under all our complicated overthinking. Our bodies are a gift to us. They are here with us on this journey in our physical world, and they can lead us back to the internal journey with clarity and wisdom when we choose healthy ways to explore how we feel in them. The answers were always inside of us; we just needed turn off the talking and turn on the listening.
Stylist/Designer: Peggy Khoucasian/ Writer: Christie Cole
Yogi: Elinore Cohen/ Photography: www.bigcameraman.info