Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. ~Victor Hugo
There are moments while hooping when you need to release your grasp. During tosses and transitions when the hoop is not in contact with your body and for a brief moment all is suspended. It takes practice, focus and faith to let go. But you can’t go anywhere if you just stand still.
I went to Yin Yoga with my husband and my intent was “Release”. It was a slow practice where each position was held for 1-3 minutes – for my hyperactive brain that is eternity. So I focused on my intent in a laundry list fashion. To-Do Lists are a major part of my life at this juncture so the list format seemed right and flowed easily. I began each thought with “I release…” and visualized letting go.
I release expectations.
I release demands: mine and others.
I release fear.
I release responsibilities that are not my own.
I release tension: physical, emotional, mental.
I release pain: physical, emotional, mental.
I release regret.
I release perfectionism that cripples rather than inspires.
I release ego.
I release frustration.
I release situational anger.
I release the tendency to freak out when I see a bug.
I release neediness.
I release stuff – physical stuff that no longer serves a purpose.
And finally – I release the pressure that comes along with having a list like this!