HOW MANY OF US ARE REALLY AWAKE?
Are you awake? Can you honestly say that you experience life from a woke state? Most of us are multi-tasking and juggling so many things that we can barely remember anything, let alone live from awareness. We miss most of our life staying addicted to the busyness of it. For some, presence eludes us because we are too busy worrying about things that have not happened yet. This is often labeled as anxiety. For others, regret from the past or depression take us down a path of dullness. All of us get caught up in behaviors and limiting beliefs that have made up the construct of our daily existence. Many of us live on auto-pilot never really expressing our gifts or our desires. Ask yourself, Are you really awake or are you going through life, day in and day out living up to other’s ideas of how your life should be? Do you know yourself? Do you show up honestly in this world? Showing up honestly is a conscious act of being present. Learning to stay present is a practice just like yoga is a practice or meditation is a practice. We must learn to let go of trying to get things perfect and instead practice presence and let this be your guide. Practice seeing life exactly as it is and not how your behaviors perceive it to be.
Yoga is an unending process of self-discovery and self-transformation. The practice is this…discover yourself, transform yourself.
THE FIRST PLACE TO START IS WITH INTENTION
Intention is the starting point of every dream. It gives you clarity and purpose and encourages you to remain present. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention. When you decide to go to a yoga class or lay on the couch and eat potato chips, it all starts with intention. Your destiny is ultimately shaped by your deepest beliefs about yourself which will always create your intention. This intention may be subconscious at first. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” Your intention is a directed stream of consciousness that contains the seed form of a thought that you will or will not manifest. Like real seeds, this will not grow if you do not create the environment for them to flourish. You have to plant them, water them, give them sun and time. It’s only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness will you manifest what it is you want no matter how big or small.
Start with setting an intention at the beginning of your day. Try to come back to that intention throughout the day without judgment, only observation. Journal about your observations and over time you will become more attuned to staying present, to making choices that lead back to your intention.