“I ask myself daily: ‘What is worth my time, attention, prana, love?’ The insight that comes from this inquiry is like a torch leading me through the dark.” ~ Sean Johnson
At this time of year with our focus shifting to consumerism, it’s a wonderful reminder to pause at every opportunity and reflect on these four core inquires; time, attention, prana (life force), and love.
In last night’s yoga practice, students were asked to reflect on these inquires as we moved through every breath and each posture. Drawing our awareness so closely to body, mind and spirit, creates an inner knowing in the present moment. We can gain deep understanding about ourselves when we question. Take a moment to just notice your own breath in this present moment. Is your time even worth noticing this life force? Can you truly give attention to each inhale and exhale for even one full minute? Witnessing how the inhale offers itself over to the exhale, like an exchange between two lovers, and how the exhale offers itself back over to the inhale. Can you sense the innate qualities and characteristics of your own prana? And, perhaps wrap your mind around the awareness that every breath you are taking and receiving is from the same air that has always been here. Allow your mind to move to a place where you share your breath right now with those you love. Then shift the awareness to those that came before you, and before them, and before them. And now share with those that will follow, breathing your life force through eternity.
Where your attention is placed, insights develop and we can light our way through darkness. I encourage you to take on this practice of these four inquires; time, attention, prana and love for today, this week or this month. You may discover your own eternal insights and perhaps, move away from the frenzy of the holidays to the spirit that is intended.
About Nancy Levenson: Nancy’s mantra is helping others Discover Yoga as a Healing Art and their personal path to their wellness. She is founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness. She explores the tools, history, philosophy and science of yoga in working with clients to discover their own innate healing process. If she could, she would sprinkle JOY in everyone’s life and remind them of their own true nature as a path to wholeness.
She loves guiding yoga retreats all over the world and has recently added private one-on-one desert excursions and private retreats for clients to explore their own contracts, soul wisdom and spirit animal through a practice called, SOULSutras.