Few weeks ago my grandmother passed away. She was 87 and died peacefully in her sleep. When it is my time to go, I hope I will be in a similar place – wise, capable, independent, loved.
I noticed that whenever there is death in my family, it is usually followed by a period when life seems very fragile. You go about your usual business, yet you continuously have the sense of impermanence, the sense that anybody or anything that you love can be gone in an instance. From experience I know that this feeling gradually fades away, but it is still present for me now. As a result I worry a lot more, even about the most mandate things, which, of course, is just a manifestation of existential uncertainty.
I love this quote that showed up in my Instagram feed recently: “Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace”. This is what I have to remind myself when my mind starts spinning. Below is a short yoga practice that I use to help me deal with it. It is designed to help you bring certain things into you life and let go of others. In a practice I use an example of bringing in peace and letting go of worry, but you can pick whichever ideas are relevant to you right now.
This is an integrative practice, meaning that it blends other elements of yoga tradition, not just asana. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Letting go of worry, finding inner peace practice