Where’s your head at currently? Has it been a tough day? Are you dreading the week ahead? Do you just want someone to listen to your complaints, tell you that it’ll be fine and not to worry? Well snap out of it! I’m writing to share a bit about what I’ve been realizing as far as the importance of proper perspective in life.
If you haven’t already figured it out, your mind is a mess. Swirling around an endless pit at a mile a minute, poor thing…give it a rest. It’s Sunday, day of regrouping and connection. And that’s true for me because I say it is. What we see and how we feel, everything that we believe, all stem from the creative powers of our minds. Ask yourself, how are you using these super powers you may not even know you have? Creating our own realities…may sound very elusive and out of your current state of affairs. But come on, this applies to EVERYTHING. There are infinite cheesy quotes centred around this concept; ‘where thought goes, energy flows’, ‘change your thinking, change your life’, ‘all that we are, is a result of what we have thought’, and so on…
In yoga, this power of thought can be traced back to the vijnyanamaya kosha, aka the ‘belief body’. There is a model in yoga science which breaks down our being into five separate yet totally interconnected layers/bodies. The belief body being a very deep layer, second only to the deepest, our True Selves…the anandamaya kosha/bliss body. So when our belief systems are messed up, based in fear or ignorance, perpetually repeating these common spirit killers of ‘I am not good enough/feeling threatened/disconnected from the whole’…our other layers (physical, breath & emotion bodies) suffer and our lives are no where near what they could be. This belief system you carry goes father back than we can even fathom. As far back as all the things you were told in your childhood, what your mother told herself while she grew you and what many would know to be true…as far back as countless lifetimes past. So all those times you were rejected, or under threat, lacking some basic human necessity, your belief body is likely still holding onto that somewhere deep within. Why else would we see so many people in our part of the world, lacking for nothing yet still so totally stuck in a poor me mentality? Where is the knowing of our blessing and power to be living in Canada, land of freedom and opportunity? If you’re reading this, I guarantee you have more power than you could ever possibly fathom. So whatever twisted ideas your mind’s been playing on repeat for all these years, wouldn’t you say it’s been enough?
Luckily for us, there are some super basic tools to turn it all around. But let’s get real, you need to find your own motivation to really want to step into this power I swear you possess. That fear of our own true potential can be a very limiting thing. It creates another wrong belief in that we’d have to give up some things which keep us ‘safe’ in order to move forward, or that we’d be put into situations outside of our comfort which may test us…and sure, maybe this is true. But look, when you claim your real power- nothing, and I mean nothing, can measure up to that. You release the garbage thoughts and you’ll be in a position to move forward only towards what you choose.
Anyways, you must be ready for at least a tip or two to take you closer towards superhuman status by now. And you guessed it, it comes back to positive thinking. DO NOT entertain limited thoughts. As simple as that. Discipline yourself to cut off those thoughts patterns which make you feel or act small. It’s annoying, frankly. Not just for yourSelf but to all those around you. I’d like to think that many of you know by now that yoga is not just a stretching on a mat practice, it’s a whole system of liberating and loving yourself. One of the best tools of yoga I have discovered to date is the practice of japa. Meaning, the constant repetition of a positive thought. It could be as simple and powerful as ‘I am safe and secure’, ‘I am loved, guided and protected’, ‘I am whole’, ‘I am beautiful and confident’…honestly, whatever! As long as it’s positive and makes you feel good. Pick anything, because the real trick is that you use it. Say it to yourself, over and over and over again. Every time the mind is being a cranky little asshole, repeat it. When you start to feel sad and alone, repeat it and repeat it. If you’re bored, you better repeat it. Anytime a negative thought fires, you just repeat it. As I mentioned, this will take some discipline, especially at first. I mean we’re talking about years and lives of poor mind conditioning but better to get to work on it now, wouldn’t you say? Stick with it and your whole life will absolutely change. Of course you have to sincerely want it to change. This is why life will test us, knock us down, take away all that we cling to…so that we reach this point of fierce resolve. This point where no, I will not take these bogus ideas any longer. That I will explore who I am and what I am capable and ain’t nobody going to tell me otherwise!
The worst time of my life and loss led me here, and still sometimes I play victim to a mind of illusion but I am changing. And I want everyone that I love, which is (most) everyone, to move closer to their potential with me. So together we can create a better place to live and annoy one another less. It’s time we start taking as much responsibility for our thoughts as we are told to do for our actions. Because if thoughts create action, and by now I hope I’ve convinced you that they do, what sense does it make to claim our actions as being under our control, without the same understanding of our thoughts? Sounds like a totally confusing disconnect eager to be sorted out. Best of luck all!