Creating Space in Tight Places
March 26th, 2015
This week I had yet another epiphany during yoga class. As we were in the middle of a very difficult pose, the yoga instructor, Leah (Yoga House), asked this question: “even when we are bound, can we allow ourselves to breathe into that tight place and create even the tiniest of spaces there?” Those words landed powerfully for me as I was in the middle of feeling clenched in the pose. With that statement, I could allow myself to give into the breath a bit and feel that crevice Leah described.
Since class, I have thought of the different places in my life that I am bound- tight. Places where it is difficult for me to move through. I see it in those around me and with my clients. It has struck me that if I can be aware of the places I feel “tight”, I can choose to give my attention to them and create even the smallest of change and thus began the process of healing that part of my life.
So…. where do you find yourself “bound tight”? Can you identify these spots and can you bring your awareness to them and create space there, even it’s just a crevice? A crevice is the beginning, once there is a little room there, more will follow.
As you take the time to create space in your life this week, here is a yummy recipe you can try in the space of your kitchen:
Gingered Snow Peas
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cups snow peas
2 tbsp chopped scallion
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
Put the oil in a 10- or 12-inch skillet, preferably nonstick, over high heat. A minute later, add the ginger and peas, tamari and stir and toss occasionally, until they are lightly browned and their green color is vivid, about 2 minutes. Add scallions, carrots and vinegar at the end.
To make this a full meal, add ½ cup quinoa, toasted nuts/ seeds and ¼ avocado!
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In happiness and health,