My daughter and I went to an antique mall in WI, because Sam loves "vintage" stuff. I used to like antique stores. But, the older I get, the more I see toys and things I used to have...does that make me "antique"?! Sam wants to be in charge of decorating our house for Halloween this year and wants it to be scary. So, at this particular antique mall, she began looking for "creepy" dolls she may be able to use. I hear her say, "Aha! Look at that creepy doll! It's perfect!" I look up to follow her hand pointing to a top shelf and she's pointing at my old Mrs. Beasley doll!!!! Antique?! Creepy?!
I think not! And, no, we didn't buy it and, yes, we soon left!
Remember Etch-A-Sketch? You would turn the two knobs and, generally make structures made up of 90 degree angles. One knob made horizontal lines and the other made vertical. Unless you were really good at the two knob twisting thing, you couldn't make curvy lines...only straight. Symmetrical. Boxed in. How's your life been treating you lately?! Is your life like an Etch-A-Sketch? Has your yoga practice become boxed in to the confines of your mat? If, as I constantly tell my classes, your yoga practice is all about you, isn't it possible your life is as well? Not in a selfish me, me, me kind of way but in a more exciting exploratory who am I kind of way. How do I learn to sit still with just me so I can better meet and greet and hear my inner voice?
"To think outside of the box you must be outside of the box."
ALFREDA DOYLE, Poetry about Creativity
"The creative process is also the most terrifying part because you don't know exactly what's going to happen or where it is going to lead. You don't know what new dangers and challenges you'll find.
It takes an enormous amount of internal security to begin with the spirit of adventure, discovery, and creativity. Without doubt, you have to leave the comfort zone of base camp and confront an entirely new and unknown wilderness. " STEPHEN COVEY, The 7 Habits of Highly
It is time to stop boxing yourself in. It is time to use your yoga practice as a tool for a creative and exploratory life when off the mat. It is time to let go of the Etch-A-Sketch...but, don't throw it out! It's worth money at an antique store!