9 Sep 2013

I AM NOT MY THOUGHTS

   "I know but one freedom and that is freedom of the mind" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We all have those off days in our yoga practice where we just can't seem to get it right, our mind wanders and we can't focus. I found myself in this space of mind during my yoga practice this week: every thought that came into my mindI gave meaning to and they began to take over my practice. 

I recalled something I read from spiritual writer Eckhardt Tolle. He says, "awareness is the greatest agent for change". 

Just being aware of my thoughts was enough, I didn't have to add meaning to them. I started to repeat the mantra, "I am not my thoughts," to remind myself that who I am is beyond my thoughts and my mind. They were just there...like clouds floating in the sky. After all, yoga is a practice. Just like how your feet may not touch the ground the first time you go into a downward dog, we also need to train our minds..which is often a more challenging process. 

Here are my top 10 meaningless thoughts that make their way onto my mat and distract my mind. I encourage you to read these out loud and listen to how silly it would be if we made meaning of them.

Do any these top your list?

"Their foot is in my face"

 "I will never be able to do it like the instructor demonstrates"

"I don't want to do this weird chanting thing"

"What should I eat for dinner tonight?"

"This class is too full"

"I could do this posture yesterday, why can't I do it today?"

"Bugger, I forgot my water bottle" 
(maybe I am the only person who still says "bugger", insert your word of choice)

"Ugh, he/she stepped on my mat"

"I am going to have total yoga hair after this"

"I wish I could stay in shavasana just a little longer"

Share your thoughts with us! What silly thoughts distract you from your practice?


5 comments:

Karen Allardice said...

I always think about what I'm going to eat afterwards! If I can successfully send the thought away, then I don't worry about it until after my practice is complete.

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