If you have ever worn sunglasses or eye glasses with foggy lenses, you know how distorted your vision can get. Likewise, if you have ever believed something such as Santa Claus, only to find out that the world works a different way, you know how it is to have an unveiling of the truth. It can be painful, it’s a little freeing, and it’s incredibly startling. Ultimately, clarity feels good.
This week’s Sutra is 1.4:
elsewhere the Seer conforms to the modifications of the mind
So we’ve talked about starting NOW (not later, not yesterday- do it now or move over, y’all), yoga calming the chatter of the mind, and when we are present and let the mind chatter disappear we are able to truly be our inner light. So every good story has an obstacle- and in your life those obstacles are brought on by your perception of life. WHAT?! Yes, how you view life creates a foggy lens that skews the way you see the world.
Imagine melted chocolate (YESSSS- FOOD ANALOGIES!!!!). In it’s form it is fluid, delicious and not contained. Now think about you pouring the chocolate into molds and watching it harden. Our spirit, prana, life force, whatever you want to call it, is like this melted chocolate. Once we begin to associate labels and ego: my job, my sex, my age, whether I can do a yoga pose or not, whether I am the best in my field, whether I am x, y or z- we begin to place ourselves in those molds. Letting go of these constraints on our minds will only help us clean up the lens that we view our lives through. The more we just breathe, exist and let go of our own limiting containers, the more we will be free.
So I’m not saying go quit your job, leave your spouse or stop eating kale and eat only M&M’s- I am saying STOP putting labels on yourself. STOP defining yourself by whether you can do crow or not. Just breath. Just be. Let life come to you. It will, I promise :).
A great exercise for this Sutra this week is to give something up that you have been holding on to. I.E those t-shirts sitting in your attic that you SWEAR you will wear one day, when really you just hold on to them to remind you of your glory days as a high school volley ball champ. Move on, let go, embrace the now. Embrace you in THIS moment.