One of my favorite parts of yoga is the focused awareness on my body. The entire exercise is moving from one specific position to another while pushing the muscles and structures just past the point of comfort. In doing so the entire focus of my being is on my body and its position.
One of my favorite books is a American Gods by Neil Gaiman. one of the characters dies and comes back from the grave. They mention how one of the things they miss most about being alive is something they didn’t really notice until it was gone – the warmth of blood pulsing through the body from the heart. For whatever reason that line has stuck with me over the last several years.
While laying in final rest tonight I focused all my feeling on the pumping of my heart. From there I traced and followed the warm surges of blood flowing through my body. First I focused on the blood working it’s way through my chest and arms to my fingers and then all the way to my toes.
I know this is going to sound kinda crazy, but it was one of the most exhilarating sensations ever! Something which happens all the time became the source of incredible joy and happiness. It was awesome!
Bringing awareness to my body is something I will continue to focus on, the results are wild!