The other day a student came in to the studio that I hadn't seen in a while and she looked different. She had a big smile on her face and for the first time I noticed that she had two adorable dimples. Then she explained to me why the dimples had resurfaced.
She had recently quit a high paying, very demanding job to take a less stressful lower paying job at a different company. She said that it is somewhat of an adjustment but she felt better and lighter that she has in years. She lightened her load.
A few day's after this I stumbled across a move on cable called "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World". Without giving too much away of this comedy (yep, a comedy), the world was going to end in 3 weeks due to an asteroid that was plummeting toward earth that was going to make a direct hit. The movie focused on two neighbors who hardly knew each other, fleeing the apartment building that they lived in that was being vandalized. As they left I noticed they didn't take a thing with them, what do you really need when the world is coming to an end. They fell in love (well it is a Hollywood movie after all) and realized by the movies end that all that mattered was the love they had for each other.
The movie reminded me of a quote from the book "The Yamas & Niyamas" by Deborah Adele regarding the Yama's (5 restraints from the Yogic teaching's of Master Patanjali), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness) which reads "Aparigraha invites us to let go and to pack lightly for our journey through life, all the while caring deeply and enjoying fully".
What's been weighing you down, what do you need to unpack so you can better enjoy your journey through life. A dead end job or relationship, a closet or basement full of "stuff" that no longer serves the life you now lead? Lighten your load and the first step to take of course is to......just breathe.
P.S. I highly recommend watching the movie, a little quirky, but with a really nice message that will keep you thinking for a while.