Friday, August 16, 2013

Sleep On It

I love this whole slowing down and learning not to rush thing; I still have a lot of work to do, but I realize I have come pretty far. Back when I was a brand new baby yoga teacher, if I got a text message asking me to sub a class, I felt like I had to respond right away. The case could be made that responding promptly is a courteous thing to do, especially last minute. But I see now it's just as important for me to finish whatever I'm doing, figure out if I'm available and if subbing is something I want to do. I don't have to go over to the other teacher's side of the fence or be dramatic about how sorry I am she has a migraine.

Last night, I got a text message from a friend of mine who lives in Santa Fe. He's coming up to Taos this weekend and is wondering if I knew of anywhere he could crash. I wrote back, "Let me think about it," knowing full well I'll be out of town this weekend and the answer could be a very simple, "Sure you can crash at my place." I like the expression "Sleep on it," sleeping on it is a great way to make sure not to hurry into a decision. My teacher Jen, who reminds me to be in my body, would say, "See how it feels in your body." Ultimately, I want to help people out by subbing their classes and letting them crash at my house, but it's important for me to take time to make sure I'm doing those things NOT just because I want to help them out, but also because I WANT to. Doing things we don't want to do can cause resentment and expectation; even though lots of times, people will do things to help us out, we can't expect them to just because we did something to help them out. Sit with it, sleep on it, do some yoga, go for a walk, whatever, just take your time.

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