It's been awhile, eh?
I've had time on my mind. I'm currently on an 8 hour train ride to Vancouver, BC, or Van City as the cool kids call it (or perhaps, as nobody has maybe ever called it...)! The set up of the train is really very similar to a plane. It's basically a long tube with seats in it, or a death tube as I like to call it, though, that term mostly applies to air travel. The vibe is markedly different. I suspect this is because people on the train are not in a rush and because there is a groundedness to train travel that can never be achieved in a plane. A tube full of grounded people taking their time versus a (death) tube full of air & ether people in a huge hurry. 8 hours in my seat on a train IS a long time, but I have to remind myself that this is actually quite nice. A good time to contemplate the beginnings of the transition into Fall, a good time to thoughtfully plan my classes and workshops ahead, and a good time to study. I also get to escape the "joys" of first time home ownership and remember that I have a life to live for a moment.
In Ayurveda, the transitions between seasons are alive with the energy of Vata dosha. Transitioning into vata season is particularly tricky and thus September can bring out anxieties and overwhelm like no other month can! Instead of falling into the heat & delight of Summer or into the coziness of Winter, we fall into a season full of movement and activity. It can be hard to find our feet before we crash into a post holiday coma of overindulgence. So, I have to encourage you to find your feet around this time.
Look at them! Really. If you are flying from one thing to the next take a moment to shift your gaze down. Throughout your day you can stop, breath, and look at your feet supporting you and look at the Earth supporting them. Remind yourself you are on solid ground. Even when life is at its craziest - I promise you that there is always time for at least a breath two. A lot of the time that is all it takes.
Slow the #$*@ down! Walking really fast, driving really fast, eating really fast, or whatever it is you do really fast doesn't usually affect the time it takes by that much, but it absolutely affects the quality of whatever it is you are doing. If you get annoyed being behind a slow person, try slowing down with them. I do this all the time when I walk or bike. Fast movement only aggravates vata and slow movement helps to ground you. Join the slow drivers, slow walkers, and slow talkers at least just once in awhile.
Turn off your stupid phone. Not all the time, of course, I'm not a complete Luddite. I am a modern woman who understands the necessity of technology in our lives, but we do not need to be on that thing first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Over-consumption of media is the worst for vata. It causes overwhelm, confuses your brain and body before bed, and is probably making you more miserable than you realized. So, just stop it already.
Take a train ride! A long one. I gotta say, this train ride is really doing it for me right now. I mean, I just wrote my first blog post in months! Being around other people who don't mind taking their time, taking in the scenery (see below, not too shabby eh?), thoughtfully writing a blog post. Yes please. More please. Ya know?
What do you do to find your feet?