It's been a while.
I've been deep in an immersion learning about the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text which forms part of a larger tale. And boy oh boy, it was so good! This is my teacher and she's awesome www.sunroseyoga.com
And as many of you may know by now, I love the philosophy of Yoga. Because Yoga goes deep, it encourages you to peel back the layers of who you think you are, or who you "should be" and gets to the nectar of who you really are.
But the peeling back of the layers, opinions, stories, old hurts, well that my dears is the WORK. I say that in caps because often students going to a Yoga class, think that the asana is the work. Well yes, its part of it, but its a small part (actually 1/8th) of a much more broad and awesome practice.
So, when we think about what it is we are up to in this lifetime, or what we might like to achieve, or who we are becoming, there is some work in digging and diving deep. Deep, past our hurts, our views, opinions, our ingrained ways of being in the world and responding (or reacting) to what life presents to us.
What are you up to this year?
Who are you becoming?
Who inspires you to be the best you can be?
Maybe take some time and roll out your mat or towel.
Start some Yoga postures, iron out and sort out the tension and tightness in your body.
Sit and be quiet.
Notice the miracle of your body breathing.
Revisit and feel into your wishes, intentions, or sankalpas you may have set.
Do they feel true for you?
Are they reactions to old hurts, to old ways of being in the world?
Are you building bridges or are you building fences?
Onward my friends, with more knowledge about yourself.
Equanimity. Steadiness and ease. Skilfulness in action. Sounds so good right?
These are some words from the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita that are orbiting around in my world right now. They sound like pretty important foundational words to me.
The world is a place where we need a good foundation to our way of being. For if we are to create our life, one thought, one word and one deed at a time, its vital that we come from a place of steadiness, of measured thought, of calm and yes of course, LOVE.
Yoga is ease in action. Bhagavad Gita 2:50.
Right alignment is accompanied by steadiness and ease. Sutra 2.46 from Ravi Ravindras translation of the Yoga Sutras.
So valuable, as if we are coming from a place that is entered, that is steady, we may just take a small step toward creating what it is we wish to have and or see in our life. If we come from a place of worry, fear, worse case scenario, what do you think we will create? Drama, conflict, misunderstadning.
How to come from ease I hear you ask? Well, here are some practical steps:
# Body check in - how is your body feeling (e.g. tight, stiff, relaxed, easy).
# Breath check in - whats going on in the breath? Is it shallow, choppy, soft, relaxed.
# Future check in - what is that you wish to create?
Staying in alignment with what it is you wish to create, keeps you on the right track for you. Checking in, is coming back home. Drawing in to connect what it is we are feeling, how we are breathing, and considering hmmmmm what is it here I wish to create?
Because as my teacher posted recently:
"In this Yoga, no effort goes to waste, and no momentum is lost: even a little of this dharma rescues one from great fear". (2.40)
Much love to you!
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