I was walking along the creek the other day, and I stopped at this spot and sat for a while. I was enjoying the sounds and the movement of the water, the birds in the sky, and a generally beautiful day.
I was noticing the movement of the water in this particular spot, the flow, the constant state of movement. I was noticing the ease at which the water flowed through and around the rocks, how it picked up speed and momentum as it continued downstream.
I noticed a couple of pretty stagnant pools, where the water ceased to flow, where it collected and stayed without speed and momentum.
As I sat there, watching the flow and the stagnation, I was thinking about our own movement practices in life. Sometimes we get in the groove, we get in a routine, we get in a flow...and the momentum of our practice just carries us along. It’s easy to find our practice, it’s easy to show up for it. And sometimes we get stuck in that pool, where it is heavy and there is no momentum, where it isn’t easy to get out and it feels daunting and overwhelming to even start a practice.
I don’t think this state of flow and stagnation just pertains to our movement practice though, right? There are so many ways in life where we can feel like we’ve found our flow and we can show up to what we’re doing with ease….and then there are those times when it feels so very heavy to even start what we know we need to start.
Whether you have found your flow right now, or whether you are fighting stagnation, I hope you can find a little more acceptance and peace in that space. I hope you can see your absolute value and beauty whether in a state of flow or a state of stagnation.
Have an amazing week dear friends.
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!