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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 teacher of yoga, mindfulness and a freelance writer.

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