“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.”
― Nicholas Sparks
summer is rapidly approaching.
and there is a distinct call (it started as a whisper, but now it is a full on scream) for simplicity. S I M P L I C I T Y. plain and simple, life is asking for me to pick what is important and shed everything else. so here we stand, shaking off all that no longer serves while Florence + the Machine plays loudly to remind me to keep it light.
Light foods as the heat approaches.
Light clothing to keep cool.
Light schedule to have maximum freedom.
BUT, by being keeping things simple, this is not an act of ease or a way of bowing out challenge. Oh holy no, simplicity asks that we do things with our FULL hearts. with our FULL attention + intention. that we give our all. here it is, living less complicated lives filled with laughter + joy means being fully present and ready to really enjoy life. shedding excess, shedding what isn’t needed means that things that remain are to be given our all. I have come to the space of 1) wanting to be the best restorative yoga teacher in Austin, TX and 2) being a more patient and present mama + partner. challenging? yes! but not totally unattainable. learning, practicing, + holding more space are key to both teaching and parenting (really the two are very close, except I cook and clean A LOT more in parenting than teaching). to make things simpler, i have to make things less complicated, less like work + more like love. and so I am taking these words of Confucius to heart “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
like taking legs up the wall as an entire practice or letting the littles paint wildly over a canvas. or even better, popsicles for breakfast (to be real, coffee for me) + swimming, loads and loads of swimming. summer is nearly here + all she asks for is simplicity, maybe a little getting wild, but mostly just the freedom of doing one action at a time.
with your whole heart.
here’s to shedding all that doesn’t serve,