When I first started practicing yoga 17 years ago, it took awhile to understand the lingo and poses (asanas). Needless to say, I felt awkward and unfocussed as I stumbled along. After a few sessions, I recognized that if I just allowed one thing to resonate at a time I might have a better experience. So I focussed on my breath. This turned out to be a good choice as it allowed me to be present to fine-tuning my yoga practice. It may sound counter-intuitive, but when you actually develop a breath routine, you can accomplish many things that otherwise seem overwhelming.
The cause and effect of breath work intrigued me so I began to explore mindfulness meditation and honed my skills. Although I am not meditating daily, I routinely incorporate what I learned. The return on investment of my time, in the location of my choice (typically somewhere outside in the sun) has improved my wellbeing immensely. I am able to be present to people, situations and myself more than ever. When I find I am in a stressful situation or in an important meeting, I can fully tune in. This has resulted in more fulfilling relationships at home and at work. The ability to creatively problem solve has also been a benefit. All good things that satisfy the soul.
Priscilla Szneke, founder of Seventh Element Living and a SimplaFYI Community Practitioner shares more here.