I started practising yoga 9 years ago - I still vividly remember being at the back of room struggling to follow my teacher's instruction to keep the mind still and present.
Was that even possible? 🤔
It was a Saturday morning, invariably I had the list of all the things I didn't finish at work running through my mind and planning the weekend ahead. Stay present? My mind was whirling with too much stress and excitement.
I came to realise how much I lived in storylines. Replaying events from the past, anticipating future events and conversations, or simply day dreaming about a life that wasn't my own. I spent very little time in the present moment. Sound familiar?
Our Brains are Wired to Survive
The reality is that our brain has evolved to protect us from danger and help us survive. Hence, we analyse past events in the hope of anticipating threats, to plan our response and have a sense of control. This is a very adaptive function and critical in ensuring we don't run across oncoming traffic or walk down dark alleys with suspicious people lurking. Unfortunately, we have incorporated these practices of needing to analyse, plan and control into every aspect of our lives that are none threatening.
Rather than allowing a moment to unfold as it is, our brain is focusing on what "happened in the past", "should happen", "we want to happen", "scared will happen"... rather than what IS happening.
We miss out on savouring and experiencing OUR VERY OWN LIVES unfolding in the moment. If the lens of our awareness is so limited moment-to-moment - how much does this same lens limit how we see and connect with ourselves?????
Expanding Our Awareness
Yoga and Mindfulness practices invite us to ground and connect with the RIGHT NOW. Providing us with the tools to broaden the scope of our awareness to everything that is occurring in the present moment - the colour, texture, touch, temperature, smells, our thoughts and emotions. Every moment is infinite and boundless.. and so are we! 💕🌈✨
We are Infinite and Boundless
So much of the storylines I had about myself were bound up by past experiences, other peoples' expectations, judgments and fears, relationships and failures. I used to think...
I could go on, but you get my drift.
My yoga and mindfulness practice has taught me many things - mostly how much I don't know. I'm not disheartened by this. In fact, the more I accept that I don't know - that I don't have all the answers - the more open I am to truly knowing. The more trusting I am of allowing life to unfold as it is. Because no-matter how much we think we have control - we are wrong :) That's a wonderful thing, because we limit ourselves so much. We are boundless! YES!
Connecting to the wisdom within YOU!
Knowing myself isn't an intellectual exercise, it requires one to drop down from the 'rational' protective brain into our body-mind. The heart and belly have so much wisdom to share, but we must be quiet enough to listen.
This is the inspiration for my upcoming event on Friday March 24 - An Evening of Connection @ Yogabowl ~ Corporate & Yoga Services. An evening of Yoga and Mindfulness to deeply accept, embrace and connect with ourselves, in the moment. Creating a space where you can explore and discover the infinite and boundless beauty, wonder and wisdom within. I would love to have you there.
Check out my Facebook event page or purchase tickets directly through Eventbrite. Be sure to take advantage of early bird pricing, which ends 1 March.
Love and light
Photo: Taken by Alex McCulloch at my favourite spot to be still, chill and soak in the beautiful Harbour views - Waverton Park.
Hi, I'm Ange.