An old Cherokee Legend that says there’s a battle of two wolves inside us all. One wolf is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, arrogance, self pity, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion. The wolf that wins? Is the one you feed.
I’m glad your reading my blog it’s a great way to feed the good wolf 😉 filling your mind with positive thoughts. Practicing Yoga, is another. One of the distinct qualities of yoga is that it helps us to become more self aware. It gives us the opportunity for self study; bearing witness to our thoughts, feeling, emotions, and sensations in our bodies. After time and practice we begin to notice that we have moments where we are no longer just reacting to things, but bearing witness to those things as well and consciously responding, instead of mindlessly reacting. Helping us get clearer on what we value in our lives, like feeding our body, soul, and mind; with joy, love, peace, kindness, and all the good that we can surround ourselves with.
Surrounding you today with Love,
I’m halfway through my yoga teacher training. It’s become so much more than I ever thought it would be. I’m reflecting on my journey, as I sit here in a semi meditative state after my yoga practice. There’s a powerful storm brewing. Winds are picking up and I feel it’s force blow by me through the open windows in the usually calm space. I see multiple flashes of lightning illuminating the dark sky, and hear the rain as it helps to enhance this meditative state that I’m in.
My instructor is always reminding us teacher trainees that we should always be at a place of Steadiness and Comfort in our yoga practice. In my mind, for some reason, I’ve always replaced the words to Strength with Peace. Today, with the powerful storm illuminating, my feelings of my newly gained strength, along with the steadiness and the comfort of my peace, seems magnified. As if I am both stronger and softer at the same time.
It’s wonderful to feel the peace within, but it’s also wonderful when you can go to a place that helps you to expand. My training has seemed like a retreat. A place where I get to go and honor myself. Taking care of me, for my health, and my own personal development.
I hope, if your haven’t already, find your own place of steadiness and comfort.
Just a thought…
Life seems at times to pass us by….days, weeks, and months seem to go by in an instant. We drive to work or school and wonder how we really got there, …aware that we weren’t really aware. Our minds are filled with thoughts, and life keeps passing us by. In yoga we link our breath with our movements helping us to to stay grounded, self aware, and present in our practice. And, in my mind, with the hopes of keeping this presence after the practice. Our minds must learn to flow like our breath, keeping us in the present moment, and not worried about our past or what may happen in the future. This is the hope of traveling light, free of everything except the present moment, taking hold of our lives – as it is now.
Just a thought…