Comfort With Fluidity
A while back, I was in London clearing out mum’s flat after she moved into a care home – I did this in two weeks. Unlike the US, Estate Sales aren’t a thing in UK and often in London charities won’t collect.
I had to have comfort with fluidity.
Everyone thought I was bonkers – even I thought I was bonkers.
Don’t you love a plan? We’re taught that this is the right way to approach life. Otherwise you feel you feel rudderless, unsuccessful, frightened.
That sort of focus can also lead to tunnel vision, so you aren’t open to opportunities.
On the one hand, the huge task of clearing out the flat was overwhelming – the property managers need to do their refurb before we let the flat. On the other hand, I couldn’t wait to get back over. It was four years since I’d been to the UK. That’s the longest I’ve even been away – but looking after mum, I couldn’t leave her for more than a few days.
To remain flexible
Clearing the flat contained so many moving parts and imponderables that having a plan was well nigh impossible. I was incredibly fortunate to get excellent help along the way – both before I arrived and during my trip.
The flat was cluttered with bursting closets and an overwhelming amount of furniture. I could only have the barest sketch of a plan and each day I had to step forward with trust and confidence that things would work out.
Several weeks before I headed to London, I began Brett Larkin’s 40 Day Kriya. I surrendered myself to the discipline. You do the same practice every day and if you miss a day, you have to start from the beginning again. The idea is that this builds energy – in this case to break negative habits that stop you from expanding and stepping into something new.
What I really noticed is that I was able to go with the flow.
I trusted that it would all work out.
Yoga gives the quiet and the space to have comfort with Fluidity
The main thing that yoga gives me is the space and the quiet to face what the day brings with equanimity. So often we’re running, and in the midst of a cacophony of noise. Our life is a whirl. The quiet can be difficult – but it’s important.
When I was in London, I didn’t get too stressed at the twists and turns of getting the flat cleared. I didn’t, as it were, ‘borrow trouble’. I didn’t get my knickers in a twist. I kept my sense of proportion. I just kept plowing away.
I talked to people, kept myself open to ideas and rolled with whatever came my way. All the time I had faith it would all get done. I made sure I did my yoga!
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