Living in Tokyo can be hectic. When my younger son was only three years old, I had a busy day planned but also had promised to take him to the park. I was running around trying to get all my errands finished, meanwhile his trip to the park got pushed off farther and farther into the day. FINALLY at 4 p.m. I was able to take him to Arisagawa park and we went to the pond to feed the ducks and fish. We were on a bridge over the pond and as the ducks came swimming up to us for their snacks, my precious three-year-old boy leaned over the railing and said to the ducks “Sorry we’re late!”

My guilt was acute. How could I have made all my errands more important than my beautiful brown-eyed boy? What kind of life is this that we have created for ourselves in big cities?

You can use yoga to free yourself from your day’s activities, to be in the moment, to be in your body, to slow down and rest, to be a natural human being again. This break from the hectic will help you to get your priorities right and give you a better perspective.

Here is a quote for today:

“Every now and again take a look at something not made with hands, a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.”  Sydney Lovett