There’s nothing like a plan, is there?
Especially when that plan is suddenly suspended in such a way that one can only “surrender” and accept that there is no longer a plan.
Sunday, 4 July, 7 pm :
My first Sunset Yoga class ever on the beach of Ferragudo, Algarve.
I was so excited, even though I had it all figured out. ..months of previous planning behind me.Today was suppose to be my day of manifesting, bearing the fruits of labor :-).
Unfortunately I had underestimated the music from the beach bar in Praia da Rocha 100 meters away as it echoed over to us.
But we, as real yogis, didn’t let it affect us. On the contrary … we took the opportunity and practiced Vairagya , non -attachment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vairagya
So far so good.
What I hadn’t reckoned with was the possibility that on the beach itself could also be offered live music…
…and of course exactly at shortly after 7 (Sunset Yoga Time) a band started to play.
I felt the pressure of expectation from my participants on my shoulders. I had to do something now, didn’t I?
One thing was clear…there would be no SUNSET Yoga here and now under these conditions.
Uncertainty and unease spread through me, not knowing what was coming next, not knowing what to do now and somehow also a feeling of having failed and an indescribable sadness about the event not coming off. An idea that had matured in me for so long before I even realized it.
I don’t know how long, but for what felt like an eternity I just sat there, closed my eyes and listened to myself.
Wasn’t Sunset Yoga all about letting go, ending, not holding on and starting again? I had even described it that way myself in my announcements for the event.
Eckhardt Tolle, a living spiritual teacher, explains in one of his podcasts that we identify too much with our thoughts due to a lack of consciousness, and this creates situations that lead to emotions of discomfort and unease, fear and uncertainty.
However, he ensures that this process is necessary to become aware of one’s unconsciousness. Partly unimaginable something feeling so unpleasant supporting you on your path of becoming more conscious.
His recipe: … Practice to accept what is, surrender to it. With time & practice it get´s easier.
The end of the story…
…I lifted my head, faced the challenge, accepted what was.
We had a Beautiful Sunset practicing Yoga through being together, listening to each other, sharing opinions without judging, practicing acceptance and kindness.
YOGA after all !
… a new Venue was chosen for the upcoming SUNSET Yoga
From Jul 11 , Sunset Yoga & Rav Vast Drum will be at Alvor Beach.
Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone.
Let´s yoga together into beautiful endings.