• Mina Semyon

What has 'The Distracted Centipede' got to do with Yoga?

The centipede was happy quite Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg comes after which?' This raised her mind to such a pitch, She lay distracted in a ditch, considering how to run. - Anonymous

When we are discombobulated, fragmented, moving too fast, we are like the Distracted Centipede, affected by how others see us. We’ve lost our connection to the place inside that ‘knows’. We go to experts to find out how we should walk, how we should eat, how much we should drink, what IS too much? I think a state of emergency should be declared when we don't know what we feel and need a psychiatrist to tell us that what we experience has a label – ‘depression’. So we need to slow down; stop, breathe, feel and get to know that inner being that is in touch with all the wisdom we need. With the continuous practice of Yoga and mindfulness We begin to glimpse the heart of the matter, our childlike nature, kind, loving, and sensitive, spontaneous, curious, trusting and playful. We become true spiritual companions for each other.


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