The 4th of July celebrations are right round the corner, millions of people will come together enjoying our countries’ Declaration of Independence. The holiday has turned into a festive day of fireworks, summer grillin’, games, parades and many other traditions.
As the path of a yogi involves self reflection, recognition, and awareness, perhaps this independence day, declare your own independence… ask yourself what things in your life have you bound, mentally, emotionally, physically and acknowledge that you would like to take a stand and let them go.
Perhaps your anger is leading to compulsive reactions getting in the way of truly expressing your authentic loving self to those around you. Maybe your cell phone has become a fifth limb on your body, getting in the way of engaging conversations and witnessing the beauty of the present moment. Perhaps your small self is continually telling your true self that you are limited, not enough, not ready, not able, etc. Maybe your ego has you pushing too hard to achieve something your body is not ready for. How about bad habits? Are there any that you would like to not have as part of your daily routine?
Life is constantly pulling us out of balance, be it negative tendencies, loss, or abundance. The practice in life is to be able to skillfully observe the tipping point; becoming curious of what seems to push your buttons, how you respond, and how that impacts your relationships and life. What things have become second nature that are not a part of who you want to be?
Whatever it may be in your life that is not allowing your true brilliant self to be ever present, recognize it and take a stand to make a shift.
The practice of asana (physical poses) on our mats creates the perfect playground to explore our knee jerk reactions and work to be more receptive to what actually is, moving skillfully from a very awake and conscious place. If you have a tendency in your life to overachieve, go on full throttle, and burn out, perhaps next time you are on your mat, leave those tendencies behind and allow your self to soften, back off, and move with more fluidity. If your life is feeling quite complacent, you are telling yourself you are lazy, unmotivated, unable, perhaps get on your mat and feel what it feels like to light up your practice with motivation, strong intention, energy and kindly say “no thank you” to your feelings of unworthiness. On our mats we move from deep inside in a way that honors our innate ability to be strong and receptive at the same time. The more we practice finding this place of balance on our bodies, the more our movements, actions, and reactions become aligned with what is truly important in our hearts’ intention.
Let the true version of your authentic self shine brighter than any firework this holiday season. Become inspired by the idea that you are whole, full of love, and compassion.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
– Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras