I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which we compartmentalize our lives. We have various activities that we do, various ways of being in the world, and often, these can become quite separated from each other emotionally. This started to become something I was thinking about more after my retreat to Breitenbush several weeks ago. It was such an idyllic place and setting to practice yoga and live more in tune with my practice. Then I got back to my normal life and things were all of a sudden very hectic and practices that I wanted to continue after my retreat fell by the wayside as I switched back into my normal mode of living. But what is the point of retreats (or for that matter going to yoga class) if we can’t bring some of that with us into the rest of the day? Somehow we need to expand our sense of the interconnectedness of our activities and see how they all relate to each other. I’ve been trying to bring awareness to how my practice on the mat and during retreat affect other areas of my life. Can I cultivate some patience with the way my body is on this particular day? The way my mind wanders during meditation? And if so, can I remember that when things are not going well or I run up against a block in other parts of my life, I can cultivate patience there as well? Mostly for me, I’d like to bring more mindfulness into my life and slowly expand my sense of the sacred (or whatever you would like to call it) so that it includes ever more of my life, not just those times when I can be in the woods, have lots of free time, and can practice on my mat as much as I would like.