“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”
Happy Sunday ya’ll!
Since this is a day of reflection, self-love, and recuperating for the week ahead I wanted to write a post that was a bit personal. And honest. Therefore this is a little scary. No, it’s terrifying. But here goes nothing.
This past week I had a spiritual “re-awakening” of sorts. It was both strange and beautiful. I felt vulnerable and realized how emotional I actually am in real life. But even more than that it was cleansing. But let’s start from the beginning.
Over a week ago I wasn’t doing well. My mind was feeling overwhelmed and combobulated with, well, everything. I was waking up thinking to myself, “what am I doing with my life?” or “Is this what I want?” I thought I had gotten over this mentality before. Little did I know it would come and haunt me again. I kept meditating but negative voices kept entering my mind. I was also beginning a summer class that was taking all of my energy and I felt like I was living life out of an online textbook. Yes people an online textbook.
This is when yoga came to the rescue. My family wasn’t using a won unlimited pass to a yoga studio so I decided to go out of pure curiosity. I was a little nervous as I had been doing nothing but Ballet and Modern for the last year and a half. I had been doing yoga but it wasn’t very consistent. I did yoga as a form of stretching for my dance classes. I had never really done it with other people. That is, people who were also holistic health enthusiasts like me. Yet my gut kept telling me that I needed to find a balance with my studies and meditation. That the medium existed. Something that was movement based and true to myself as a human being. A way to calm down amidst the chaos.
And man do I feel changed. Renewed. Revived. Rejuvenated. Am I running out of adjectives? Preferably ones that don’t start with the letter R?
I’ve learned so much in the span of a week. Therefore I felt the need to share what I’ve learned. The four major ones at least.
Here’s what I’ve found:
The Universe Has Your Back.
Do not take this lightly. It really does have your back. Honestly, it took me a while to really understand this concept. I’m being dead serious. Even Gabrielle Bernstein's book by the same title took me a few times to convince me. But trust me when I say, this is key. And important. And honest. It’s important to know that no matter what you are protected. That love is there when you need it. You just have to be open to receiving it. Even more: to know that life happens for you not to you. Therefore there is no need to try to control the situation. Only control how you act and carry yourself. The universe gives us experiences to heal and bring us closer to our inner peace and love.
Being Present Is Key.
I can’t stress this enough. The present is anything but boring. Think of it like this: when we breathe in the present, we exhale the past. We let go of what’s in front of us and live for now. In this way the dream is now. And we can let go. It’s the perception of how one views themselves. Furthermore, it’s a chance to feel and see the beautiful aspects of life. To remember that you are growing and becoming.
I swear to you that I’m not high when I tell you that this is possible.
Self-Love Isn’t Selfish.
Self-love isn’t narcissism. It’s being aware of what you need. The importance of making time to take care of mental clarity and peace is important. Otherwise we, as humans, wouldn’t be able to function properly.
Yes I used to be one of those people who thought I had to do everything for everyone else. The person who would work themselves to the bone for something they didn’t even want. I never took a moment to appreciate the things that I had. The skills that I had to offer. To take care of myself (and my yoga practice).
Now I am starting to again and it feels good. My life is becoming fuller in an honest and pure way.
Gratitude Is Everything.
The more gratitude one has, the more love they shall receive. It's the vibrations you carry with you throughout your day. That’s true and honest. Like I said before, love is all around us. It’s up to us to find our alignment with the universe. My practice teaches me to stay grateful everyday. To love the universe around me and listen to my body. Even my computer isn’t cooperating with me or I don’t accomplish a certain task. I stay grateful through it all.
I hope ya’ll liked this post. It’s different than other spirituality posts but it felt right to discuss. There’s so much more that I could say about my yoga practice but I must remember that this is the beginning. The beginning of something magical and beautiful.
Have a great day/night wherever you are. I hope this inspires you to step on your own yoga mat and experience what yoga has to offer.