I was headed into yoga, trying to think about what my intention for practice would be, when this man exited the restroom who has, in the past, been an annoyance to me during class. I often would see him and his wife taking up GOBS of space when people are frantically searching for a spot to rest their mat. I often would watch him in the mirrors as he disregarded the yoga instructors instructions, did his own thing, and proceed to roll his eyes and huff when he fell or couldn’t quite get it right. When I saw him today coming out of the restroom, I became aware of my intention for practice, make peace with him. So, I took the opportunity to start right away by holding the door for him and smiling with a small hello. Next time I will acknowledge his presence even more with eye contact and maybe a “How are you today?” (I mean, we do see each other every other Saturday).
As practice began I decided to turn my intention to all people I choose to have a portion of my energy spent on being bothered. It is not their purpose in life to bother me, so why should I give them any of my energy. By letting myself get annoyed at their actions or words, I am giving them control they don’t deserve. I thought about how my energy is too valuable to be spent wasted on being bothered by people and their actions/words I cannot control.
By the end of practice, I hadn’t even thought about looking at the man during class, but rather I turned my thoughts towards peace with and for those around me.