February 21, 2010

Practice. Practice. Practice.

At a retreat I co-facilitated this past summer with the Yoga Goddess, a woman shared that "it all sounds so simple!" I thought about this for a long time afterward and thought yes, it is - "Let go of fear by staying with your breath and you will find happiness - Bliss! It is that simple, but it definitely is not easy. 

How many times a day do you find your mind wandering to dark places, insignificant thoughts about lists, or daydreaming about people, possibilities etc...? If we could just halt this whirling whizzing of our thoughts, we would realize the goodness that exists right here and now. The gentle feeling of our partner holding our hand, the way the bubbles pop in our soothing bath or how satisfying a piece of bread with our favourite topping tastes. What else is there? If we wait for happiness when the conditions are perfect, we haven't trained ourselves to recognize it or even celebrate it when we have all we desire. Surrender and let go of these thoughts!

Exercise: Roll out your yoga mat. Find a comfortable position. Put your hand on your heart. Breathe. Feel its pulse. Breathe with it. Reaffirm your love and respect for yourself and using the quote from Charles Haanel slowly repeat until each word resonates: "I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, happy. I am exactly where I am meant to be." Breathe. Smile.

Through a regular practice of yoga and meditation, you will learn to listen instinctually to your breath throughout the day, to calm your mind and be in this moment. Practice, it is that simple!

"Do your practice and all is coming" --Sri K Patthabi Jois
Wishing you peace and love!! Enjoy! Embrace Your Life!
Kelly

3 comments:

tiffany said...

I love that affirmation and had forgotten about it so thank you for the reminder and the reminder of practice... why is that so hard for us to do??? We seem to have no problem practicing the negative thoughts:)

Yvette said...

This was a great exercise Kelly. It works!
Thanks for sharing.

蕭子 said...

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