Can't see the Wood for the Trees?


Posted by Elizabeth Underwood (Pure Movement Yoga) on 15 Mar 2015

This week I took a few days off to get up to date with some chores and tasks I needed to do and I also gave myself some time for a little bit of pampering and time out.

One of the things I needed to do was to have a de-clutter and get up to date with my accounts (yawn) and paperwork, neither are my favourite tasks and is most probably the real reason for getting behind with them.

It felt really good to actually get these jobs done and I knew they had to be done, I’d made plans, time and a date to complete them. But what if you are faced with many tasks or even decisions to make and just don’t know what to do?

I often say, “If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything at all”. What I mean though is to take a step back and find space in your life to help you get clear on what is your priority and what needs to be done.

You might find that what you needed more than anything, over and above finding clarity was the taking the step back.

Even though I am a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist it doesn’t mean I have figured it all out and that I am serene and don’t get overwhelmed. I do, but I am also able to notice myself moving toward overwhelm and it is at these times, especially at these times when I take a step back and find myself on my yoga mat, moving with awareness and focusing on my body and breath. As I do this, I begin to feel tension releasing and at the same time I feel as if I have more head space. I feel calmer and have a new perspective on life and the decisions I need to make.

I also know that this is how my clients and students feel after my classes, workshops and retreats. One student, Stephen, recently told me he feels the benefits of a one hour weekly class with me for days after; imagine how you’d feel after a retreat?

You can join my classes to help you see the woods for the trees or if you prefer longer I am running a weekend retreat in October to help you gain clarity, feel calm and gain confidence, more details about this will follow soon.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about what skills you have when you feel you are spiralling toward overwhelm.

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