I just hiked the Inca trail in Peru! It was one of the hardest things I have ever done both mentally and physically! Before we began one of our guides took me aside and said, “Are you the leader of this group?” I responded “yes.” He leaned in closer and looked me in the eye and said “You have a great responsibility. You will determine how the group does on this trail. They will look to you as their guide to find strength, encouragement and positive thinking. If you are positive they will be and if you are scared they will be.” I said “Yes, I don’t take that responsibility lightly.” He said “yes, but, this is even more serious because the mountain hears you. She will hear your thoughts and your words and she will give you whatever you are asking for. It is imperative that you keep you thoughts pure as we embark on this journey.”
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Today try letting go of your story. Wipe your slate clean. Arrive into this moment free. Unpack all of your baggage including; where you have been, what you have done and who you are supposed to be. Then, let go of the strings attaching you to your desires; the places you intend to go, what you intend to do, create or become.
Every day I try to look at the same things, hold the same yoga poses, go to the same places and see them differently. I seriously am a HABIT breaking fool! I view HABIT as the enemy! I struggle with the same boundaries as everyone else. I get it! How do you live in the same house, with the same people, go to the same job and still expect the unexpected?
Busyness is the temporary band-aid covering up the ever growing wound of emptiness. It seemed that the busier I got the more time was passing me by. In a race against time and determined to win, I kept trying to pack more into each day. But, then I noticed that packing my schedule was like giving nitrous to the rocket ship that was my life and watching it blast off without me. If I was going to win this race I was going to have to take a drastically different approach!
Attendee- If we can connect with the universe and get whatever we want, why do we want to do yoga or any asanas, we could just ask the universe to increase the prana level in the body. I am sounding too easy here but if we are ready to accept without any restriction cant we get what we want? Debbie- You are absolutely right! If you have evolved beyond Samsara and have no more need for the contrast the human experience offers you (maybe you have realized enlightenment) then you would be able to heal your body or elevate your consciousness in that way. However, at that point you would have no more need for your human form as you would have transcended beyond it. There are people who walk the line between enlightened beings but they are here taking human form and these people have removed themselves from the confines of society maybe they live meditating in the Himalayan mountains or in an ashram where they do not have to navigate through the world of form. But, those of us who are navigating this world; who go to work and have families and experiences, we pick up lots of Amma (physical and emotional toxins) and we use the asana and pranayama to light our inner fire (agni) and throw all of these toxins into the fire so that we can once again have a clear line of communication with the divine. To be a powerful creator you must have a clear line of communication and strong antenna (this is the susumna nadi where we bridge the gap between the earth and the divine)
While the second limb Niyama, has to do with self-discipline and spiritual observances. This limb reflects the second chakra as is considered the home of the chi energy. When we have elevated to this chakra it is a sign that our vibration or vital life force energy has increased. We are no longer concerned merely with survival but also learning to enjoy our experience, as this chakra is awakened the yogi will find her/himself desiring to experience pleasure in many different forms.
The spirit can be a lot like a small child. Trauma, pain, ridicule or judgment may have caused it to flee long ago or like a fragile vase that has been tossed about, it may have shattered into a million tiny pieces. This practice is about developing trust and an environment that is safe to heal all the cracks and invoke a reunion. The spirit is our eternal life force bringing super-natural powers like eternal youth, fire, passion and enthusiasm. Spirit can flow in and fill all your cracks, bringing light to all the darkness and heal your soul. Spirit will leave you wanting for nothing. Needs and desires will temporarily dissolve as accessing the spirit takes presence and in presence you inevitably discover everything is here, exactly where you are.
The yoga practice is a long awaited reuniting of all the aspects of self, the necessary parts that make you whole, content and happy. This miraculous practice is a process that allows the healing power of awareness to move back into the subtle body, like plugging a dying battery back into an outlet, it recharges you.
Being human is your soul occupying this body to maneuver through this experience in an effort to expand and evolve. When your soul is expanding it feels like joy, peace and love—your true nature. The closer you get to your true nature “joy” the lighter you feel and the less contrast you will need. When you have really found “joy” you will see perfection in everyone and everything. You will remember that your life’s purpose is to serve others and when you are living in alignment with your true nature you will find yourself residing in Heaven, right where you are. Heaven is a state of being.