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E is for Ease #AtoZChallenge

One of my favorite yoga instructors likes to keep us in strengthening poses for, oh, a decade or so. At least that's what it feels like when my legs start to shake and I really want to straighten my front leg in a warrior pose because my thigh is on fire. After an hour or so, she reminds us all to "find the ease in the pose." 

Depending on my attitude, I may think, "Oh, yeah, right," or..."Okay." 

When I decide to find the ease, I remind myself to breathe, to focus on the task on hand, to shift my thoughts and maybe my muscles to soften a bit. It's temporary. And it's really not hours. 

And when I stop focusing on the struggle and instead focus on the moment and my own strength, I find myself more grateful to my body for succeeding in the pose, and I believe my body reaps the benefits of the poses that much more. 

This is what I have to remind myself when I struggle on the page. Thinking about how I am having trouble is a distraction. It's difficult to get anything down when I'm thinking about how hard it is. 

If I say "okay" and just write, eventually I find the ease in the writing process. It starts to flow. And, later, I can thank my mind for letting the words fall onto the page and be grateful.

Namaste.

What do you do when you find yourself struggling, with writing or anything? Do you have to remind yourself to breathe?

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