My sons and I were walking in the woods a couple of weekends ago, enjoying an absolutely beautiful (almost) spring day. The two of them were deep in conversation about a particular video game they love, and I was trailing behind them, just enjoying the trees, the creek, the birds...noticing the buds on the trees beginning to show, not quite there yet, but almost there, noticing that we’re getting on to my favorite time of year, that intoxicating green of spring.
We got to a spot on that particular trail which is forever in my memory, and I got right back to that memory. I was recalling a summer day, probably 7 or 8 years ago, when my boys were much smaller. On that particular day I was sitting on the bank of that creek, enjoying my afternoon, and my kids were swimming in the creek, enjoying a hot DC summer day.
That day my boys found this massive log, and proceeded to spend all their strength dragging that log upstream, hopping on the log, and floating downstream...hopping off the log and dragging it up the creek again, getting back on, and lounging down. They spent hours doing just that, their whole afternoon was spent with that log.
As I sat there, enjoying their adventures on the side, I was thinking about how that act mirrored a trait we talk about in yoga, and one that permeates in life. Effort and ease, finding the balance in effort and ease...both in our yoga practices, and in our everyday life.
I do believe there are seasons in life where we will have more of one than the other, where life won’t feel as balanced as it should, and collectively I think we’ve been in one of those seasons this past year, some with too much effort and some with too much ease and little ability to control the situation we happen to find ourselves in. But perhaps this week we can strive for a little more balance in our effort and ease in our own life. Perhaps this week we can look at ways we can shift so that we feel more balanced.
I hope you have an amazing week dear friends, I am so very grateful for you!
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!