After my New Year’s trip realization that it was time for me to spend more time at home, I was very excited to put it into action. And I did for four whole days until It was time for me to go on another trip. While this trip was one I had planned before I had my realization and was one full of fun things – spending some time in Mexico with my friend Becki; heading up to Tahoe for some skiing for my friend Kathryn’s bachelorette and then culminating with Kathryn and Stu’s wedding – it was still hard for me to go given my newfound desire to be home and a lot of stressful activity going on at work that I would have to keep up with while on the road.
Given all of the activity I crammed into a little bit over a week, upon returning to real life and attempting to finally get back into my routine, in what is probably a surprise to know one, I didn’t get into a groove – I got sick. And yes, I know no one likes to be sick. But as someone with a lot of Kapha in me who tends to have a strong immunity and rarely gets sick, I feel I am particularly bad at it. It was just a basic winter cough, sore throat, congestion, cold but my energy was also drained and I couldn’t motivate to do much. Luckily, after taking myself to work on Tuesday, I realized that was not where I should be and I was able to stay home the rest of the week. I medicated myself with lots of lemon, honey and ginger tea and more turmeric than I thought possible and the main ingredient my body was craving – rest.
Again, as a Kapha with more earth and water in me than most, I generally can be super active and not feel tired, in fact, being active is what I need to stay in balance. But, with a week of travel like the one I had, and frankly, the weeks leading up to that week being much of the same, even a sturdy Kapha needs to take rest.
And while it is a shame that sometimes our body literally needs to shut down and stop working and put itself in PAIN to get us to take rest, it is also a blessing. I didn’t feel well so I had no choice but to rest, be still, and take care of myself. And while it felt like an eternity while it was happening, it was actually only three days and it was only three days I needed.
As part of my constant marveling over how everything in yoga is truly a mirror for real life, this realization is the same. Every yoga practice ends with savasana, which is the final resting pose where you lay on your back and close your eyes and soak in the work of your practice. When I first started to attempt to do yoga many, many years ago, I would skip out on the savasana because I thought it was “a waste of time.” Now, I do my best to schedule it into my practice and look forward to it. Because yoga can be enjoyable some days, but really hard work on others, and to know you have the well-earned rest to look forward to can be what you need to keep on going.
So, while I am now better and have already gone back to yoga, and am planning a hike and a bunch of other activities this weekend to make up for lost time, I am also not only going to focus on staying home this year but figuring out how I can make more space for rest and to just be.