The Yoga of my Portable Dishwasher

DSC_0047editedSome weeks yogic lessons are hard to come by.  Not that the lessons aren’t present, more like I’m not present in my own  life and therefore don’t experience the lessons.

Last week, however, my lesson was yelling loud and clear.  I don’t think I was any more mindful, but sometimes God makes things obvious.

It started with my husbands ok to purchase a portable dishwasher.  I’ve been washing dishes by hand for 3.5 years.  Let’s just say I was a little excited.  The only problem was that we aren’t really in the financial position to spend $700 on a new one.

Don’t worry, that’s not gonna stop gal.

I immediately hopped on Craigslist and found 3 in our price range (that would be the lowest price range).  I inquired about 3, and I purchased one from the first person who responded.

Not hasty at all.

We picked it up that day, but unfortunately we couldn’t test it out until the next day when we were able to purchase a faucet-dishwasher adapter.

I became instantly anxious.  I wanted to know, now, if it worked.  See, waiting and being patient have never be a strong point for me.
I kept wondering what I had done.  We spent cash out of our already limited home repairs fund.  If it didn’t work, we couldn’t just buy another one.  Through an act, which can only  be attributed to God, (no really, I had several people praying for me) I was able to get a full night of sleep.

Luckily, once we got the adapter, the dishwasher worked just fine.

Though a long process, I think yoga teaches us to wait; to take a pause; to slowdown and stop being so hasty.  Yoga also teaches us to recognize when we are not being mindful.

This lesson definitely reminded me to slow down.

One of my favorite ways to slow down and find pause is through a breathing technique I learned during my teacher training.
Try this: Sit or lay in a supported-comfortable position.  Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing.  After several minutes of watching your breath enter and exit the body, bring your awareness to the natural pause that happens at the end and the begging of the breath.  This pause is not forced or created, it just happens.  Remain here for several minutes focusing on that pause.  Allow it to become your own mini sanctuary, anytime you need a break or to just slow down.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 <–I always need reminding of that.

Thanks for reading!  I’m gonna go not do the dishes, because they are all clean or in the dishwasher…seriously…all of them.  😀
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