Another skill I’ve learned from yoga:
smiling when what you want to do is growl, or frown, or scream.
This week, as the Amsa community continues to live into and unpack the ramifications of dear leaders moving to a new community, I’m noticing even more the ways that starting to practice yoga there has helped me to respond with more generosity to people, events, and moments in my life.
When I read an email that stung, my knee-jerk response was to smile. Smiling, which you may know, brings on good feelings, lowers tension, and takes less energy than frowning.
During our “warm” yoga sessions, as we hold ourselves and breathe in chair pose (a wall-less squat) for the third or fourth time, Kim always tells us to smile. Smiling helps us to release the tension we may be holding our bodies during the challenging position. In life, smiling helps us to release the tension we may be holding our bodies during a challenging moment (or interacting with a challenging person!).