Repetition calms me. It might be because of that airy Vata spirit in me that repetition brings me back down to earth. Grounds me in thoughtfulness.
My teacher, Stephanie, who has taught me to embrace my Vata natures instead of fighting them, mentioned the art of knotting in Malas.
At first, my thought was that it would take forever to put knots between every bead. But of course, she was right. (Why don’t I always listen to her?)
I’ve started about 10 times, not finishing, just starting. I get about 10 beads in and make a mistake. But that repetition gets me. It does calm me. It gives me comfort to know what’s next, living in the knot I am at, a present moment.
Hatha has much the same effect. You can’t worry about what is behind you, or what is ahead. When you focus on that knot, that hour, that minute; you are truly living. All else fades away and you settle in the present. Which is all that really exists. All that is before us and behind us is just in our heads.
Today find that minute, those seconds. Breathe in and enjoy one breath without expectations of the future or concern about what is already past. You are here. And here, in the moment, you might find its the only place you need to be.