MIND THE GAP

You may recognize the logo from the tube in London, which warns commuters that there is a gap between the train and the platform. As a yogi, I thought it meant to mind the gaps in between your thoughts. To notice when you can cultivate the wisdom to take a breath, mind the gap, and move from compassionate intelligence rather that from a habit that may be harmful. 

This idea is reiterated in a teaching from the brilliant author and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. This can be the greatest gift of your yoga practice so listen up:

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

But what happens when you are cut off in traffic or when your kid spills grape juice on your white shirt as you are flying out the door for an important presentation?  Is there space between the stimulus and your response?

Yes there is. And our job as yogi's is to elongate that space and instead of impulsively reacting, perhaps sneak a breath and move forth with compassion and intelligence.

This technique is applicable on and off of the mat. Let's avoid shrinking the space, falling into the tracks and being yanked around from our habits. Shall we work on it? Pause, breath..... I think so.  It would be rude to disrespect Viktor.