We all want to change things in our life. Sometimes we wish for more abundance, other times there is something that is weighing us down that we wish to remove. But in order to affect lasting change in our lives, first we need to meet ourself where we are at. This is the first step towards growth. Being full aware in the present moment, in the here and now and open to whatever shows up. But here’s the thing. What if becoming more aware means we don’t like what we see. Well guess what, this is perfect. We all have the opportunity to start fresh. If something isn’t serving you then you have the opportunity to change it. To clear the slate and pave the way for a new road.
Before you even have a thought, it already exists. Based on your interpretation of an experience laid down in the past. In fact it is found that the average person has above 12,000 thoughts per day (at least). Of those thousands of thoughts, 80% were negative, and 95% were exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.
We are already conditioned to have the thought based on this automated response to a past circumstance. Often we are not even aware that we are on auto pilot and the patterning can also be subtle. These pre-determined thoughts are what the yogis call Samskaras. Latent impressions in the mind. When our habits and actions become so engrained they begin to alter our future thought process, then our mind and body become completely under the influence of the past. And just because something has always been done a certain way, should it continue to be done? To make the most of the life we have been given, we are best to avoid being a victim to our past.
This is the ultimate reason for our daily yoga practise. For 45 minutes a day to arrive on your mat and journey inward and truly see ourselves. Through steady discipline practised combined with non-attachment to the result or outcome, there is no need to analysis the past. We have the ability through breath, movement and meditation to observe these impressions and limit any further karmic action. This lifting of heaviness will make way for a new lighter more compassionate way of being.
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