Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? If we choose to have this faith, then even an accident is no longer just an accident. It can be seen as a warning sign that we're not paying attention to something important. I never thought I'd be thankful for an injury. But surprisingly, having a sprained ankle the size of a grapefruit has helped me to appreciate the power of slowing down.
Running on Adrenaline
According to Ayurveda, my own genetic constitution is predominantly Vata, otherwise known as Wind. By nature I tend to be active, verging on hyper if I don't take care to stay grounded. As I discussed in "The Yoga of (Un) Multi-Tasking", I usually operate by doing several things at once, especially with my kids. Like many people in our fast-paced society, I can thrive on an energy level that is akin to an adrenaline rush. There's an illusion in this way of life that we need to be super busy and fast in order to be productive. This can be described in Ayurvedic terms as a systemic Vata imbalance in Western society. Everyone is rushing around like the wind, doing too many things at the same time and often missing the joyful subtleties that only stillness can reveal. Especially in the dry, high-altitude climate here in Santa Fe, it's easy for the wind element to become aggravated.