Our mind is our most valuable tool we’ve got. Without it, we’d literally be nothing. The mind puts us together — it separates us from one another. No two minds are alike in any way. That’s what makes it so spectacular. We can then learn so much from others and expand our own mind. It’s fascinating, really. But when our ego takes over and we don’t know how to tune it out, trouble arises.
The ego is almost impossible to fully define. In basic terms, the ego is an identity of which is false. It’s any opinion we have about our self or what others have expressed about us — and it’s usually never good. The strong, unnecessary emotions we go through — the overreactions, the outbursts of anger — that’s when you know the ego has decided to show up. All of this has to do with self-image, which most likely started when you were younger. Being teased, bullied, or anything negative can lead to a bad self-image. Even when you are overly praised and there too many positive aspects, that’s when you can also develop a bad self-image. That’s called being arrogant and that’s a no-no! When you hit the real word, your life changes. How we are raised and treated when we were younger, we carry all of that as adults. As you keep aging, it becomes more difficult to distinguish between the truth and the ego.
We all have specific ideas in our heads that we think we can or cannot accomplish successfully. And when I say “we all”, I mean everybody. For example, you hear about a 5k marathon coming up in a couple months and it’s on your bucket list. But you’re overweight, not in the least bit of shape, have no motivation to prepare yourself to accomplish this run. These thoughts, if you nail them into your brain, will eventually become true. If you keep telling yourself that you won’t be ready, that you cannot run this marathon, that you’re lazy, that you don’t have the time, then that will become reality. We bog ourselves down so much — telling ourselves that we can’t do something when we haven’t even tried.
I’m tying this into meditation because so many people are skeptical about it and won’t take 10 lousy minutes out of their day to try. 10 minutes out of the 1,440 of the entire day. Of course, meditation is difficult and it takes a lot to find your inner peace. SIDE NOTE: you don’t have a successful meditation every single time, no matter how “good” you are at practicing. But if you practice every day, you will begin to see the benefits start to unravel in your life. Even if you just practice yoga, you can tie in some type of meditation practice at the end — kind of like a “cool down”. Just lay down on your mat, legs spread apart, arms a couple inches away from your sides, palms facing up to let in the positive energy and drain the negative energy, and just take deep breathes for a couple minutes. If any thoughts come to mind, let them, but also let them pass.
Moral of the story, if you think you’re going to fail at something, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. But if you stay positive and are open to anything and everything, watch how your life improves in every single way.
Namaste, friends. 🙂
Inner peace. The location of which you are cool, calm and collected. Of which you have found yourself.
We let people dictate how we feel by their behaviors. Why? It’s not like they should have any say on our emotions. Even if you don’t think it, you’re a beautiful, confident and intelligent person. Basically, everyone is in some way or another. And yet we don’t always find that to be true. We let others come in between us and our inner peace. We fail to realize how harmful that is. Don’t let anyone take away your inner peace. It’s your sanity and your release.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Nobody can hurt me without my permission”.
One of the greatest feelings of meditation is once you get to that point of relaxation. It’s the point where you’re completely relaxed and your worries and stressors are behind you at the moment.
When I meditated today, I was practicing the Shuni Mudra, which is when your thumb touches your middle finger. There are so many mudras to practice when you meditate and they all mean something different. Anyway, while I was meditating, I was so deep into my meditation that even though my thumb and middle fingers were touching each other, I could not feel them in the least bit. During that state, my breathing became a lot steadier and smoother and I didn’t have to try so hard. I just sat back and enjoyed my meditation. Of course, I don’t always get to this point in my meditation. Some days my mind wanders so much and it’s nearly impossible to block everything out. But the idea is to practice every day because it will get easier and you will be able to keep that moment of peace longer and longer. Especially after practicing yoga, you just feel so much more rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of your day, thinking, “I can conquer anything”.
Do what makes you happy in life. That’s what it always comes down to.
Way too true
We’re all searching for true happiness. Sometimes it’s so difficult to find it. We can’t see past the darkness, but the light will always shine through. Maybe not at the moment you want it to, but when the time is right it will.
I’ve had a four-day weekend (it’s been so bitter cold; -35 degrees with the windchill. Gotta love Chicago weather). Having this much time off is so bittersweet. It’s great to have a nice, long break but it can also get a bit boring and that’s when your mind starts to wander about anything and everything. It’s a terrible thing to be stuck in that state of mind. You never know where your mind is headed. Since my mind is prone to overthinking about every little thing, I decided that I was going to put a stop to the negativity and find the positivity. I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve practiced yoga and also meditation. It’s gotten so far away from me and I’ve just pushed it off. I know it’s benefited me in the past, so I decided to give it another shot. I found a sequence by Kathryn Budig, which I just love. She’s an international yoga instructor and author and she’s simply a prodigy. I highly recommend finding sequences that she’s designed.
I started practicing both my yoga sequence and my meditation both first thing in the morning and in the evening. Practicing twice at these certain times guarantees to put a smile on your face and to rejuvenate you in the morning and to calm you down and relax you in the evening. For the past three days I’ve committed to this schedule and I’ve felt better than I have in a long time. More positive about my current situation — not worrying so much about what can happen, go wrong, or feeling stuck. I feel more elated and relaxed. If this outcome has affected me in only three days, I can only imagine how changed my life will be if I stick to it.
I write this post in hopes that you will try this technique. We’re all searching to be inspired and to elevate our mood. I believe the practice of yoga and meditation will help you achieve greatness in every possible way. Start out small with a short 10 minute yoga sequence and a 10 minute meditation practice and work your way up when you’re feeling ready for the challenge. You’ll feel moved and eager to begin each day.
Good luck, my fellow yogi’s! Namaste.
“We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’. Our culture founded from oppression yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em. Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board. A word rooted in hate yet our genre still ignores it. Gay is synonymous with the lesser. It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion. Gender to skin color. Complexion of your pigment. The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins. Human rights for everybody. There is no difference. Live on! And be yourself!” Macklemore feat. Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
I don’t know how many of you watched the Grammy’s tonight, but it was one great award show. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” was just so moving. I know there’s a lot of controversy with gay rights/gay marriage, but I just don’t see the reason for it. We get so worked up about major changes, such as legalizing gay marriage, when it’s not a huge issue to worry about. This post is not to debate about gay marriage. I completely support anyone if it makes them happy. Isn’t that what we’re all searching for in life? Happiness? We let issues bring us down that sometimes don’t even affect us. Let people live the way they want to live. Every single person is struggling with some type of battle and we forget about that most of the time. Love is the movement. Take away your fear and you’ll go far in life. Times change pretty quickly and I understand it’s difficult to adapt, but worrying about yourself is all you really need to do. (Even that’s not the smartest idea) Once you start letting others dictate your mood, you’re opening up the door to negativity and worries. How are you supposed to live a happy life now? Realize that change occurs constantly and realize that you are in control of how you feel. Live your life the way you want to but also let others live the way they want as well. Each and every one of us deserves to be happy.
Let go and move on.