Yeah, I'm a bit of a Yogi. I have a great connection with the philosophic teachings my yoga practice has bought to my life at home and at work. At Reo Group I get to share this with my colleagues… so what is it that makes it so great to share with others?
Aside from the physical and mental health that yoga on the mat brings, the practice of yoga definitely leaves the mat. Just one of the several practices of yoga I have connected with talks to the study of the self. I liken this to looking in the mirror but not inviting your ego to come to the party.
It’s probably fair to say that the more we realise what we are not, what we have convinced ourselves to believe may not be true, the closer we come to realising who or what we truly are. By studying ‘the self’ and recognizing our habits and thought processes, we can connect with how much of what we do and think is far from who we really know we are.
By studying ‘the self’ and recognizing our habits and thought processes, we can connect with how much of what we do and think is far from who we really know we are.
When our ego interrupts, we don’t always align with our true beliefs or intuition.
The self-judgments, criticisms, fears, conditioning, doubts are all coming from your ego and essentially the cause of the chitta vrittis, or ‘fluctuations of the mind’. If you can learn to get control of the monkey brain, the ego and the fog in the mirror should clear.
By paying attention to, or ‘studying’ our ‘self’, we become more aware of the things we do that harm us, and also those which serve us and bring us closer to being able to withstand what is delivered to us beyond our control.
So you might start with a basic concept of “I decided I can’t do this headstand, so don’t be ridiculous” to… “I can easily do a headstand, look at me go” to… “It doesn’t even matter to anyone if I do a headstand today or not, but I’m here to find out and accept what today is”.
Either way, there is so much to learn through looking in the mirror without our ego and guess what... your headstands are always better without your ego too!
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