If you are not happy right now with yourself or your life, Yoga Psychology can point you in the direction towards your deepest longing. Take a deep breath. Imagine you feel at peace, calm, content, fulfilled (its okay to fake it for a moment). Imagine that all is well, and you are perfect as you are.
If you could feel even a glimpse of this, then you have experienced what Yoga calls our “natural state”. Many people feel moments of this bliss in their yoga practice, meditation, experiences in nature or when loving another being. The great news is that once we know our natural state of peace and calm, we know what direction to go—do the things that remind you, that bring you back. This is your job to figure out—what takes you away and what brings you back?
If we don’t catch it quickly, our mind descends into an over-identification with our separate and lonely self. It is a truly disturbed and deranged place. Here, we expend a lot of our energy (no wonder we’re tired!) liking certain things and disliking other things, forever unfulfilled when things don’t go according to our plan. Ultimately we are afraid of change, afraid of letting go.
But, with practice, we become very familiar with these disturbances in our mind, and choose not to water those seeds. Again and again, every day and every moment we harness the power of our mind to come back to our natural state.
Be there now. Take a deep breath. All is well. You are wonderful. Now bring that reality into your next action, your next conversation, your next loving gaze at your self.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~ Gandhi
We look forward to seeing you in class this week to share insights and bring the learning into our bodies, breath, minds and spirit.
Gandhi said that a mother’s love is the closest thing to the Love of God. Where does a person first experience these glimpses of “our natural state” of peace and love? In the gaze of the mother. In the warmth and safety of the mother’s arms. This is at least, the potential.
This opportunity to “be love” is possible for any person, but is especially demanded of the mother from the time the baby is born, needing warmth and food and comfort. This relationship seems to continue as children grow older, and even into adulthood, for the memory and early bonding with the mother has the potential to be a person’s memory of “their natural state”—a state in which one felt connected, cared for, loved and safe.
It is important to nurture this love and connection for ourselves so that we may give it to our children. How do you love and care for yourself? When is it easy to love your children and when is it hard? It may take less than you think: a few deep breaths, a 15 minute bath, a request for help, a conversation with another mom, a walk around the block, a decision to “let go”. Try to learn what best nurtures the environment within which both mom and baby feel connected, at ease, and in love with life.