Sharpening Your Axe

axe-hatchetOnce upon a yogi time, a monk was walking in the woods. He heard huffing and puffing and the sound of chopping: dull and flat as it struck. He came upon a man chopping a tree and asked what he was doing. The man replied that he had to chop down all the trees in the grove to support his family and he was in a hurry and didn’t have time to talk.  The monk suggested he stop and sharpen his axe since it seemed dull. But, the man said he couldn’t take the time to stop, he had to keep working.

So often, our life is like this: when we are the most busy is when we take the least amount of time for ourselves to center, re balance, and move from a better place. This might include a more healthy meal, exercise, yoga, relaxation, massage, or meditation. We are so focused on the task at hand, we neglect to realize we may be jeopardizing our future health and wellness.

So, on this Manic Monday, where can you pause to center your self with a deep breath? Maybe enjoy the lunchtime meal in solitude? Or, honor the person at the end of the dreaded phone call or email first?

Please share with me tips you have for staying in your center.

Peace.

Originally told by my teacher, Goswami Kriyananda.

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