|Yoga with Ved|
|Yoga with Ved|
I am sure that as we have stayed with the process and held the vision for ourselves that obstacles will have risen.
This is very natural. As we try to make changes in our lives, those part of our lives and ourselves that are not compatible with the changes we are seeking have to be dealt with. Luckily there are tools for working through these obstacles and managing our struggle with change in a positive way.
In this week's class we examine the main tool of yoga for inner transformation. Of course energizing and refocusing our personal vision is an inner process. We use some outer guides, like our affirmations, but it is about what is changing within us that is not "seen" physically.
In this week's class we have the opportunity to reflect on our personal process and build greater self awareness. I personally do this every single day, and it has brought me a wealth of inner insight. I encourage all of those who I am guiding to keep a journal just for the purpose of self-reflection.
Let us take this time to do a little writing about ourselves. I invite you to get out a pen and paper to write down what comes up for you as we go through this exercise. Just take a few minutes with each question. Think about the question, see what feelings and thoughts come up, and write to yourself. You are not writing for me or for anyone else. You are writing about you for you.
Self Reflection Questions:
Bring back our vision with new clarity.
These questions will likely bring up what we need to deal with. Reflecting on what obstacles that may be arising and how we may not holding ourselves accountable to our vision will definitely bring us closer to our goal. It is very natural as we work on transforming ourselves and creating real change within us - that there will be resistance and obstacles.
For me, getting that resistance, that feeling that I have to struggle a bit and be challenged is a great blessing. It is a sign post telling me that I am going in the right direction. Because, the reality is that it takes some energy and some effort to create change. If it feels too "easy" then we have to be careful - because we may not actually be applying ourselves the way that we want.
When we feel that struggle and that we are working towards the change that is where we need to hold the vision strong. The resistance and the obstacles will tempt us to go back to the old habits and patterns. But that is not what we want. We want the change, the growth, the evolution of who we are. That means that we have to stay with the vision even when we feel it is challenging, even when we feel the support is not there.
Bring back your vision. Remind yourself what it is you want, why you are doing it, and what it will bring you. Tell yourself in no uncertain terms that this is yours to claim, that vision is yours! Bring back the vision with even greater clarity.
Our main tool of inner transformation.
Everything that is within us needs to be aligned towards our vision. That is why in the very first class we are taught that discipline energizes our vision. We have to stay with the vision and keep taking concrete steps toward it everyday. As we stay with our vision the internal obstacles of our heart and mind will become more conscious.
By holding to our vision and trying to align our energy there, everything that is in opposition within us will turn up. Luckily in yoga we have a tool to manage this internal challenge. That tool is meditation.
Through meditation we have access to all the inner mechanics of our hearts and minds. We can use this tool to remove those internal obstacles to our vision and energize our vision even better. We can use meditation to bring greater self awareness and clarity to whatever our energy is flowing towards.
This is how meditation is a tool of transformation. We can transform our hearts and minds to be more in support of our vision and release those parts of us that are in opposition. It is an incredibly powerful tool at any level of mastery.
Yoga offers us many tools and strategies for working with ourselves and working towards positive change within. Certainly as we stay with the practice on all levels, physical, emotional, mental, and even energetic - we become more capable of achieving our vision. Yoga is that vehicle that can take us all the way to whatever goal we have for ourselves.