FREEDOM REQUIRES ENORMOUS STRENGTH
Yoga teaches us that we are sovereign over the democracy of ourselves. We are the kings and queens of the kingdom of our lives. So ask yourself what kind of leader do you want to be seen as? Are you afraid to stand up for your rights? Do you promote shared responsibility amongst the constituents of your limbs, breath, mind and heart? Do you keep yourself shackled to workaholism or do you imprison yourself with worry or self-doubt or critical self-dialogue, do you allow someone outside yourself (your kingdom of self) run your life and keep you in prison?
So right now, sit in a way that elongates your spine and let’s your breath travel more freely. As you free your breath you liberate your mind. As the mind opens the heart opens. You being to realize that you can choose to draw upon your own fortitude to free your heart from pain, to free your body from long held tension and to free yourself of unhealthy mindless habits (samskaras). It is going to look different for everyone. Freedom doesn’t appear to take the same priority. It is a constant practice to remind ourselves that we alone are the most responsible in keeping the peace and joy within the democracy of self. This territory you care for is most vitally important to you.
In the end I hope that as we make liberation important we find from the inside the peace and content with ourselves where we discover joy (Santosha) has always been our natural state (sutra 2.42). It was waiting for us to break free of our chains, our shackles and the prisons of our own making or imposed upon us by others.
I know what it’s like to feel imprisoned. I also can tell you I know what is it like to break free. It’s not easy but I believe all of us can do it. And if you want more of my story just call or email or sit and chat after class. I’d be happy to share more. In the meantime here is a final favorite story to take to heart, to free your heart, to live in love! Silvia
A final story I want to share with you from the Secret Power of Yoga “In ancient
AUGUST 20TH, 2008: I was reading about how bullying and adversity made Michael Phelps, eight time gold medal winner, stronger. People made fun of him, the fact he swam instead of played football, the size of his ears, his height, all of it. I love that he persevered! He didn’t give in! He found a way to meditate - to do yoga, his yoga happened to be swimming. Instead of getting bogged down or paralyzed by worry about what others thought about him he kept living his life to the fullest. As a result he is realizing his DREAMS!
Take this practice to liberate yourself, how? Let go of your worries. Patanjali says in the Yoga Sutras, “What you’ve already done, you’ve done – LET IT GO,
Now in your next breath just do your best, be kind to others, include more and more folks in “others” and be kind to them too.
And remember the ultimate key to liberation – “Love will set you free” As Michael Franti sings.
ANOTHER EASY WAY TO THINK OF THIS IS:
- Stop giving energy to the things you don’t want.
- Everything begins with a thought. Even Einstein says, “The ancestor to every action is a thought.”
- Once you understand fully that what you think about is what EXPANDS you start to get very careful about what you think about.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”