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How to Change – Part 2

It appeared to be an ordinary rose, just another of the botanical gardens’ bouquet, but I stopped. Drew closer.

 

 

 

The heart of this flower revealed its radiance. And I was utterly stilledHere was power, undisclosed, until one paused to take it in. Others too distracted to see, remained unaltered. Striking in its glory, yet a humble presence in a flooded petal garden. It moved me to wonder and inspiration. It reminded me again of the subtle nature of change (see How to Change – Part 1 below). 

 

Your Centre is a Know-All

The heart of you and me is like this. The teachings handed down by Sri T Krishnamacharya and his son, TKV Desikachar, speak of the heart as our true centre.  It offers us guidance that is beyond thought and which comes directly from a place of illumination and radiance.

“We may have received a good education, been exposed to remarkable teachings, have an impressive curriculum vitae and accomplished many extraordinary things, but when it comes down to what really matters in life, these are all secondary compared to being close to our heart. We must evolve towards more simplicity and listen to our feelings, which come from our heart.” 

From: What are We Seeking? by TKV Desikachar with Martyn Neal.

When we are unhappy with our circumstances, we need to reach toward our heart centre.

The Way In…

How?

Through our yoga practice we learn to breath and move with a focus that creates stillness. We sit in that stillness for many moments in the hour of class. When we choose to practice at home too, we cultivate that centre. We find ourselves enjoying quiet moments throughout the day, more often, where we think nothing, and feel peaceful.

 As we grow toward it, the heart blooms to reveal paths forward previously hidden. It knows who we are back to our infant innocence and before it. Our heart is our surest guide but we must first learn its language of feeling, intuition and silent whisperings, which we experience as ‘Knowing’. This is the right thing to do. This is what I really want. Here is the way forward.

And slowly, we change.

 

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.

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How to Change – Part 1

We know the frustration of living the same circumstances over and over again. How we find ourselves landing in the same dysfunctional relationships, job circumstances, confrontations with family or friends. Or repeating annoying daily behaviours like one of my favourites – carrying too many things awkwardly until they predictably topple and halt my inefficient progress.

“Oh the pain, the pain,” as Dr Zachary Smith would say (Lost in Space, 1965-1968).

Our best support through change 

Our regular yoga practice teaches us the self-awareness to unmask our thinking. Over time and periods of daily quiet we learn to tune into our thoughts, and keep track of the misguided ones. We may begin to suspect that we are contributing to these cyclical events through our own thoughtless action. We become more prescient, aware of those thoughts and actions before delivering them into the world.

Why stumbling helps

“Oh no,” we acknowledge quietly, “I’m doing that thing again!” Hurrumph! We may do that thing again many times more until we muster enough presence in the moment – a pause – to try something different.

In that moment of honesty with ourselves is the birth of, and commitment to, real change.

The big pay off

Genuine change is a continuum. We remember our commitment, we forget, we act on it and then we don’t. But each time we become aware of a poor thinking pattern or response, the neural pathway to change it is strengthened.

Then one day the old thought and response is gone. The ‘breakthrough’ is a huge, quiet achievement  so deeply rewarding that we share it with no one. Instead, we revel humbly in the gathering of our wisdom which required the vulnerability of seeing our errant Self at work. The reward unfurls as we observe how our internal change now allows others to alter their response to those situations too.

Subtle, powerful, incredible this living matrix, don’t you think?

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.

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EnJOYment?

What if I told you that finding EnJOYment in your life is World Service

ON GRUMPY AWAKENINGS

Some mornings you wake to find the Mind Monster (def: bedside table-dwelling creature) hunkered down, immediately bombarding you with:  

 

 

  • dangling decisions
  • negative churning
  • worry about relationships 
  • financial issues
  • the eternal To-Do list.

And you haven’t even opened your eyes.   

HOW TO COMBAT THEM

WHAT IF you were to awake to a comforting  gentle reminder (images/words in a frame on your bedside table) that say:

  • “I am here to ENJOY Life.”
  • “I am allowed to be happy.”
  • “I choose Peace”.

We forget that we have the ability to choose whether we are Mind-Full-of-Annoying-Things or Mind Free.  

Amazingly, what we focus on triggers positive or negative neurochemistry to support that train of thought. The more we think that way, the stronger that neural pathway becomes.

TO CHOOSE IS TO CONQUER

Choosing peace or EnJOYment (Joy in the Moment), again –  and again, practise constantly – embeds a new neural pathway until you experience those mindsets more of the time.

That single commitment to choose a better mindset changes the quality of your life and your contribution to Life. It becomes your World Service. Everyone benefits from being around your uplifted Presence.  

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.

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