I love it when something new in my life suddenly intersects with something I’ve been doing a long time. For example, yoga and home swap. As many of you know, I’ve been involved with home swap for 12 years, however yoga flowed into my life only recently. So when my yoga instructor used the term asana, I pondered it a long time and then applied the concept to home swap.
During class my yoga teacher, Lisa Hampton, wanted us to find a comfortable seat; she used the word asana. Later when I asked her about it’s definition she said, “To me asana means to be where the body and mind are grounded. Connected, calm and free of effort.” She paused and smiled, then said, “You know, easy… comfortable.”
“So it’s a yoga pose?” I asked.
“Well, it doesn’t have to be a yoga pose,” she said. “It could be lying in a meadow or walking along the beach. It’s when we line up with our true self.”
“I see,” I said, even though really I didn’t. Not right away.
A few days later while I was looking at a home swap photo Lisa’s explanation began to make sense. It was a chair. A chair in the photo. Without even realizing it I was imagining myself sitting there, in that chair, in my favorite position—with my feet up.
When I sit in a comfortable chair, and put my feet up, I’m happy. Like Lisa said, I feel calm and free of effort. If a view comes with that comfortable chair… well, that’s the best. Put the comfortable chair, with a view, in a lovely home in another country, heaven on earth.
I think realizing what, specifically, brings us happiness is HUGE. Now, going forward when I research home swaps you can bet I’ll be looking for that comfortable place where my body and mind are grounded. And my feet are up.
I’d love for you to comment and tell me where or how do you line up with your true self?