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Joy: From the Ground Up

Just Breathe August 20, 2013

This has to be one of the strangest things I’ve seen my mom do. (Please bear in mind I’ve seen her do many a strange thing). I leave her alone for ten minutes to spend a little time with dad in another room and when I returned, I was welcomed by the most ridiculous sight.

There she was in the living room with her butt in the air holding herself up by her arms. I was alarmed at first, like something must be wrong that would cause her to be in such a strange position. What if she hurt herself? Or (worse) what if she hurts herself getting out of this strange bodily contortion? I was concerned not only for her, but for the baby! Couldn’t it just fall out or something with mom’s body in that position? So I did what any concerned canine would do and ran to her to investigate. I sniffed, but nothing smelled awry. And while she was breathing heavier than usual she seemed all right. Just to be on the safe side, I laid down underneath her in case she fell.

That’s when I heard the woman on the television say something most unusual. She was speaking in quiet tones and there were sounds like the wind chimes I hear in my backyard sometimes. Downward facing dog, the lady said. My ears perked up at the mention of the “d” word, and I began to gather this is something mom was doing by choice. The woman finished talking shortly thereafter and I heard something about this concluding the yoga session.Google Searching

Yoga. A quick search of the Internet explained to me that yoga is a very popular Hindu discipline that promotes balance of the spirit though a series of postures and rituals. (My search also uncovered something called doga, otherwise known as dog yoga, which I think merits its own separate commentary at a later date). Central to the concept of yoga is the importance of breath on inner balance, which my (19-weeks pregnant) mom has definitely seemed a little short on lately. Between her increased clumsiness and her random bouts of breathlessness, she could definitely use a boost of both.

So as strange an image as it was, I’m glad mom is doing this yoga thing. As it turns out, she was not in danger. She was not playing a joke on me. She made it out of the whole ordeal with all four limbs intact. And I learned something pretty important from all of this. Sometimes we have to do scary things, things we are not necessarily good at or comfortable with initially, to find balance in life. Sometimes it is best to simply pause and take a deep soothing breath. Just breathe. You might surprise yourself with the result.


26 Responses to “Just Breathe”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiley, you had me LOLing with this post. Now just remember, you Mom’s “clumsiness” is only temporary, and besides, it’s not really clumsiness; it’s just a temporary shift in her centre of gravity. She’ll go back to normal after the baby arrives…well, as normal as a two-leg can be 😉

    • Dear Lyn,

      I am so happy to hear that the giggles hit your neck of the woods too, as I found some humor in the whole story myself. And as it is my life’s purpose to share joy, you can imagine how your comment warms my heart. 🙂
      While I do have some feelings of relief in response to your mention of mom recovering stability after the baby comes, I must add she was a bit accident prone previously…so I’m not holding my breath. 🙂
      Lots of love,

  2. Lord have mercy. Wiley your human Mom has flipped her lid. Just be a calming presence for her and her unborn child and all will be okay. I think. She might need you to smile more and wag your tail as often as possible so that she’ll think you understand everything that is happening or NOT! 🙂

    • She indeed must have flipped her lid doing such silly things! 🙂 Though I suppose it’s all worth it if it helps her somehow. And if not, you’re right! She has me to be a calming presence. I shall definitely continue to smile more and wag frequently as this is my life’s work.
      Thank you, my newest friend, for coming by to comment! I love seeing new paw prints on my pages and look forward to seeing them become familiar!

  3. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, you had me laughing out loud when you “laid down underneath her in case she fell.” I”m surprised and amazed your Mom held her position – that is true focus! I gotta say, Wyles, you’ve become a very serious dog since the news of your brother/sister and, while that is often a good exercise to prepare, remember the reason why Angels can fly, Wyles? They’re Light. It’s okay to be Light, Wyles. Give your Momma a hug and a kiss from the HuntModes! And, your father, of course! 🙂

    • huntmode Says:

      Oh, and one for yourself, Wyles!

    • Dear HuntMode,
      I’m so glad I brought some giggles into your day with my silliness. That is part of my life’s purpose in bringing joy to others so it warms my heart to hear such things. And I’ve got to say – I love this idea of being light like the angels….especially since it is a goal of mine to figure out how to fly! 😉
      Lots of love to you friend,

  4. Seem to have made it out of the blogger’s block. 🙂 Have a great week 🙂

  5. Whew Wiley good to know she’s ok. I’ve done some yoga before and its a great way to slow down and just breathe.

    • I think it can be too easy to forget sometimes to just pause and breathe….though its incredibly noticeable to me today in the heat we’re having in my neck of the woods…we have no choice when it’s hot like this.

  6. My mom is not good at this yoga – she is like an energizer bunny and is always hopping around. I wish she would do this yoga too :o)

  7. seeker Says:

    what did you sniff, huh, Wiles?

  8. utesmile Says:

    What a fun post, yoga is great and I am glad you found out. Always caring for your mom, you are such a beautiful soul.

  9. ScottieMom Says:

    I miss doing yoga. Your mom is lucky to have time to fit that into her schedule! Good job keeping her safe. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

    • Dear Scottie Mom,
      It’s never too late to get back into it! Mom’s been out of practice for more than a year and…well…she’s still incredibly awful at it. 😉
      Lots of love,

  10. Nikitaland Says:

    Ya know, us doggies do yoga all the time without even knowing it. When we stretch and have our butts up in the air and our head near the floor, we’re doing yoga too!

    • Dear Nikita!
      Of course we are doing yoga without even realizing it. That must be why they call that pose downward facing dog! It’s all making sense now. 😉
      Lots of love,

  11. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    A dog’s perspective on yoga.

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