I'm sure that most of us at some point have felt anxious. If only for a split second before jumping into a swimming pool, or for an evening before a morning presentation. But for some of us, it's a little longer than that, and possibly a little more regular. And it may be the same with feeling down - we may feel down for a couple of days, but for some of us, that feeling down can manifest into depression before we know it.
I was recently reading an article by Monty Don (the he-god of gardening with velvet voice and love of dogs) which really resonated with me; and I wanted to share some of it as I felt that whilst Monty talks of gardening - and I totally agree with his view - his words also made me think of yoga.
"I think gardening is an enormously beneficial thing and it's certainly helped me with depression. I think there are two key things. One is just being outside; here we are standing with the rain falling gently on us but it's not unpleasant - it's better than being in a stuffy room! Being outside in every weather and every season connects you to something bigger than yourself; it connects you to a rhythm of life! ........ Number two is that growing things, seeing them grow, planting a seed seeing that come into a beautiful flower is life. It's a celebration of all there is and it's everything. And if you can see that and share that, that gets you through a lot. Being outside on a daily basis, working, moving, getting fresh air, feeling the weather and the seasons and then celebrating the beauty you're creating is good for your head!"
He also says in the same article "I want people to have a go and if it goes wrong, you then learn something. And if it goes right, it's great!" I couldn't put it better myself Monty, that's exactly how I feel about yoga - for every full good headstand, there's been 15 times of sliding over and learning, and for every lovely meditation, there's been a previous session disturbed by "the list of jobs".
So what's the answer to being anxious and feeling low. I wish I had it. If I find it, I'll let you know, but in the meantime, let's be a bit more Monty.
Link to the full article below.
With love - and dirty muddy hands