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Flash of Awareness

By Healingyoga

From Wikipedia:

flash mob (or flashmob)[1] is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, artistic expression or—in some cases—violence.

I'm not a fan of fads. Just because everyone else is doing something, doesn't mean I think it's worthy of doing. That said, after an extended period of repeatedly seeing something (I ignored Twilight for as long as I could before I finally broke down and read the darned books well over a year after everyone else), I'll give it some consideration. These days, flash mobs seem all the rage.

Yes, tomorrow there's a yoga flash mob in NYC. I tend to break out in spontaneous dance here and there (if you're ever driving on the road next to me, you've seen this), so I'm down with the idea behind a flash mob. And even though it still feels a little fad-like right now, I am liking the concept of spontaneous bursts of awareness, expression, or whatever else is needed in the moment (and sometimes sorely lacking in day to day life). 

Lately, I've been incorporating my very own version of mini flash mobs -- actually, since it's just me involved, perhaps it's a flash solo -- into my life. I'll take a minute or two or five and:

  • Read a poem out loud
  • Dance to the song that's been running through my head on an endless loop
  • Hang out in Downward Dog
  • Walk barefoot in the grass
  • Sit in silence
  • Do some deep breathing
  • Lie in Savasana
  • Cuddle with my two wee beasties
  • Doodle

I could go on and on here. The point is the stopping and breaking from the daily routine to inject a little peace, aliveness, passion, expression, relaxation, and plain ole' fun. Gee, maybe this is one fad that I can get behind.

If you need a little help in taking time out during your day for a flash of whatever you're needing in the moment, check out these fun resources:

I often set a timer on my computer to remind me to take regular breaks. Even if it's just sitting for a few minutes noticing the sensations in my body, I end up feeling a bit more refreshed. Sure, it may not be as cool as ripping off a trench coat and breaking into dance/song/yoga moves along with 300 others, but my little flash mob of one does the trick just fine.

Here's to making the flash solo a part of your day.

Namaste! Widgets

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