We have a little joke in my house. Well, it’s not exactly a joke, because I’m usually pretty annoyed when I say it, but it has a joke history. You know how people tend to select the wrong word when there are two words that are spelled similarly (like “then” and “than,” “to” and “too”)? One of those mistakes, that I see often online, is loose instead of lose. “I hope I start loosing weight soon on this diet.” So, when I get really stressed out at home, I tend to announce, “If ____ doesn’t stop soon, I will LOOSE my mind!”
The funny thing about that, I reflected tonight, is that my mind could use a little bit of loosening. In fact, getting my mind to have more flexibility and not be quite so tightly battened down is a big part of why I do yoga. I have a natural (?) tendency to be a little – or a whole lot, depending on who you ask – type A, to be very much in my head and not so much in the moment, to worry and obsess over self-presentation and performance. I have a pretty tight mind. And those announcements tend to come at exactly the moments when I’ve been short on yoga classes, often due to family or work responsibilities ramping up. When I get a chance to get back in the yoga swing, my mind releases, unclamps, loosens, and I feel so much better.
Maybe it’s a new slogan? Yoga – You’ll Loose Your Mind