Back in the day, Public Enemy released an album, It Takes A Nation of Millions to Told Us Back.
For most of us, all it takes is ourselves.
Let go of the ways that you are holding yourself down.
The things that hold us back are the parts of us that are not conscious. To bring consciousness to them is not a battle to be fought, a war to be won. To bring consciousness to them is a gift we can give ourselves, to let go of those things we no longer need.
Endorphins are only part of the story. Each time we make a choice we draw our consciousness in a particular direction. When we make a dedicated practice of getting on the yoga mat, of choosing something positive, our outlook changes. We are using the power of consciousness to reshape ourselves.
Most of us feel better, calmer, happier after we get off the yoga mat. The traditional explanation is that the body has gotten a workout and the mind has gotten quieter, etc.
I think there’s also a lot of power in the recognition that we chose to do something that feels good. To recognize that we can make that choice in one circumstance reminds us that we can make it in others as well.
Please join me from 2-4 pm on Friday, 11/25, for “Brighten Black Friday.” at InsideOut Body Therapies, Durham, NC.
This two-hour class will combine a nice warming flow–to burn off any feasting one might have done the day before–with some deep work to find respite from the tension that holidays sometimes bring.
Appropriate for anyone with some yoga experience.
In the last 10 days, I’ve had three Certified teachers show up to my classes–only one of whom was expected. Each time I’ve had an immediate moment of tension and dismay, wondering if I’m going to be able to teach “well enough”. And yet everything has turned out fine.
Recognizing the narrative that arises as nothing more than narrative is essential to moving beyond it. Instead, we need to focus on what is.
I think it’s fair to say that this is beautiful and amazing and inspiring.
We all have stories. Some of them are amusing, some of them are tragic, some of them are ecstatic.
But the stories are not what we are. What we are is deeper and more subtle than any story. Yoga is our path to find that deeper experience.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” — Lao-Tze
“Watch that first step, it’s a lulu!” — Bugs Bunny
The place where they meet is where we need abhaya–fearlesness. The willingness to take that first step, even though we know the implications are going to be huge.