Shanti: peace, tranquility, serenity, rest.
Peace for the holidays! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti!
If your life is anything like mine, this month is jam-packed full of activities, to-lists, gift lists and holiday events. Peace and tranquility is what we all want, yet for many, the month of December is anything but peaceful.
Yet, I believe peace is possible for me and for you this holiday season. Practicing yoga is key. Make your yoga practice count this month. Make it to yoga class if you can. If you can’t, unroll your mat or place your cushion, set the time and give yourself 15 minutes of asana, meditation, savasana or all of the above. You will be amazed at how far even 15 minutes will go toward keeping you in a peaceful state.
Practice yoga this month to calm your nerves, release agitation, and soothe an over-stimulated mind/body. Practice yoga to steep in the sweet serenity of your deepest core. This is shanti, peace surcharged with ecstasy. Practice so that field of shanti, felt on the inside becomes more and more a quality of your daily functioning: your thoughts, spoken words and actions. Practice so that you can stay in the space of open-hearted-ness toward yourself, toward those you love most, toward those who you may find difficult, and toward all beings.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti May there be peace. May there be peace. May there be peace.
Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach yoga instructor.