taking it away with you

Posted on October 27th, 2010

At the yoga school I’ve been going to since the first day (literally) I arrived in Bondi seven years ago, the instructor Rick, at the end of each class, invites us to “take it away” with us.


I want to take away what this guy's got going on (happy shot courtesy of Eugene Tan)

We’ve slogged our way through our nervous tension, our annoyance with the heavy breathing dude next to us, our tight arses holding onto the resentment of the week….and 90 minutes later we finally arrive at a sweet spot. It’s so easy to jump up and ricochet onto the next activity (get home to husband, dash back to work). But this simple reminder – take it away with you – always gets me.

I find so much of my life compartmentalised. I run from one scheduled thing to the next. Rarely am I able to segue the goodness of the previous activity or moment into the next. I’ll share a really good chat with the guy at the dry-cleaners. Then dash off to the next appointment down the road. And I don’t take the loveliness of the chat, or the languidness of my morning walk, or the buzziness of the movie I just watched away with me. I drop it and dart. Next!

Taking good energy away with you entails two steps, in my mind:

1. Capture the moment as you leave. Like a photo. There! Snap! That was great. That felt really good.

2. Hold the energy. Kind of like carrying a tray of drinks. Steady and aware. For as long as you can. And glide onwards into the rest of your days

I’ve just done this with writing this post. There! Snap! I like it.

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  • jojo

    I love the statement of holding the energy “like carrying a tray of drinks”. Wonderful visual and one that I might be able to use.


  • http://www.reverie-daydream.blogspot.com Melissa

    words of wisdom I need to heed to often {as in minute by minute}


  • http://littlelioness.net Fiona

    *nods* I need more of that. Taking the moments and breathing them


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  • Julie

    Some really good advice Sarah, it’s about not letting a few bad things get to you, but to let the good things carry you through it…Love, Jules


  • http://www.supergirlscheme.blogspot.com D.

    I love this!


  • http://sale--pepe.blogspot.com Stephanie

    I am constantly reminding myself to ‘enjoy this moment…the one you’re in right now’ My yoga teacher say “take it off the mat”
    Golden words.
    Thank you


  • mon

    “take it away” is so simple and beautiful…as a yoga teacher at the end of savasana i always ask my students, before they move, to take a moment, notice, and infuse every muscle and cell of their being with all those gooooood feelings that arise…helps me to take a moment also!


  • MarieK

    This post came at the right time…..as they all seem to do. Last week we left our beautiful inner suburban, californian bungalow, so full of good energy, that my 2 adorable children (3 & 5) had grown up in, to embark on a ‘tree change’. Emotional right up to the day we were moving, I found it hard to ‘let it go’. My husband with kids were packed in the car beeping the horn loudly for me to hurry up, as I frantically did the thrice over cleaning. It could never look clean enough, I just couldn’t let it be. I walked into each and every room, reminiscing, tears streaming and then motioned with my hands for all the memories to come with me, scooping them up and into my heart, whispering ‘come with me’, taking deep breaths along the way. When I finished, I stood looking around one final time and no longer saw a home, but a house….an empty shell. I then realised I was ‘taking my home away with us’ and what a big difference there is between a house and a home! I was at peace and ready for the move. We are all so happy here in the country!