Recently I was sitting in my car at a green light waiting for the traffic to break so I could turn left. As I sat there patiently observing the opposing traffic drive by, singing along to the song on the radio, I heard sirens from a distance. An ambulance was coming up the street.
I quickly scanned the traffic from left to right to see where it was coming from. A moment later I saw its lights flashing to my right and the sirens get louder, so I paused where I was and waited for the ambulance to cross the intersection. As I sat there watching and waiting, the woman behind me started honking her horn. At first I didn't realize what was going on, I was lost concentrating on the ambulance moving fast towards the lights. The woman behind me continued to honk, as she was frustrated I wasn't turning when traffic had paused.
I looked in my rear view mirror in dis belief and pointed to the ambulance who had now paused to look left & right before speeding through the red light. The woman mouthed something to me & proceeded to finger me. I again, pointed towards the ambulance. She looked up, noticed what I was pointed at and stopped all the fussing. At first I was mad. Really mad!
"What's her problem?" I thought to myself. Then started the process of breathing deeply & relaxing my already tense shoulders. It took awhile for me to settle down.
Once the incident settled and I could now turn and continue on down the road, the woman behind my sped off to my right and passed me as fast as she could.
Now, this isn't the first time road rage has occurred in my life. I unfortunately commute too much these days. What I'm in shock about is how frequently I've witnessing acts of anger, impatience and hatred in the last 2 weeks. I understand that this time of year people are busy and rushed, usually with an overwhelming schedule, and stressed about all the money their spending on their holiday shopping lists. What I don't believe is that this is a good enough excuse for bad behaviour and aggressive reactions.
What I love so much about yoga, is that it allows me space. To gather perspective. To connect with where I am in the current of life and consider my choices. It's my sanctuary when life gets tough or busy. It's home when I'm away from home.
When I was getting my hair cut yesterday, I over heard the hair dresser say to what I assumed was a familiar client that she hadn't been to yoga for weeks because she was just too busy. The best time to go to yoga is when you're busy. You make time. That's why Cj & I started YOGO.tv. So there were no more excuses to JUST PRACTICE YOGA. You're worth it, you deserve it, you won't regret it. Hardest part is rolling out your mat.
So instead of ruminating over your to do list or fussy about your dirty kitchen so much that you overreact in the grocery store line up or rage on the road. Just go do YOGA! Seriously, here's a short 30 min class from one of our teachers Jeff Mah, that I promise will help lift your spirits and help cultivate clarity.
With you on this path,