Yoga has been a big part of my life for half a year now. The tranquility and strength I acquire on the mat were two of the missing pieces in my taxing years balancing school and work. The laborious lifestyle of running one deadline after another that was hardly soothed with any sleep eventually took a toll on my health. From then on, I knew had to take a step back. I needed to give time for myself and learn to take my time.
I needed change.
Time-for-myself is Stage One in Operation Change, and I get that on every time I spend on the mat. Yoga is an opportunity to give back to myself—a chance to quiet my mind, to grow, to explore, to discover and allow myself to be surprised by what ever is ahead of my every day. Yoga, however, does not end once we step off the mat. It is just the beginning, and Stage Two is a struggle I constantly face to this day.
Take your time.
I bear this in mind before I move into a pose. Take your time. It lets me acknowledge my body’s limitations, and the goals I can yet achieve. Don’t force yourself. Take your time. The mental battle, of course, is more exasperating when faced with things I need to do. I used to prioritize efficiency over living. I refused to take my time, as it is often at the expense of productivity. But are these what I want to live for?
Take your time.
I gave myself time as I selectively reduced my commitments and obligations over the last quarter. I took my time. I read more books and did more yoga. I allowed myself to learn more things and be surprised by possibilities. So I was.
To be able to do the things you love is one thing. To be able to do two together is another. I was given an opportunity to shoot for Urban Ashram Manila this month. Shooting Project Y's promo video allowed me to experience yoga from an alternate perspective, and this made me realize even more of its beauty. What’s best is this is just the first. :)
The convergence of passions will always be a gratifying circumstance. More than gratitude, however, the experience of perspective makes any endeavor all the more endearing. Yoga continues to be the equilibrium between the dispositions and thoughts I discern each day. Meanwhile, photography—whether in stills or in motion—will forever be a part of me. These two undertakings instilled in me seek meaning, seek surprises, seek growth, seek chances, seek time and seek Light. For as long as I allow myself, I will find them. In me. In you. In all things. Yoga and photography lie in a habit of search—the search within and the search without. Perhaps the best moments come when we find what was sought. Perhaps it’s when we are found or when we find ourselves. Perhaps it’s when the moment find us.
Take your time. You’ll be surprised with what life has to offer.