Self Healing and Spirituality in Asia
27 Mar, 2013
Yoga and Self-Healing in Bali
It’s all well and good to go to your yoga class, to do your 20 minute meditation and talk about spirituality..but then you must live it. And here’s the rub. Life isn’t a continual series of Shivasana (much as that sounds highly appealing to me right now!). Life is full of challenges, can be a roller coaster and god damn it if I don’t lose my cool now and again!
Yoga and Meditation teachers talk about ‘checking in’ with yourself. I did that last week and jumped straight back into old habitual behavior (but hey I’ve progressed a bit, this time I didn’t dive into the red wine!).
How can we maintained a sense of compassion and balance when faced with negative input from others and uncomfortable feelings? For me it all comes back down to compassion and love; love for yourself first and foremost because you really need to stay as conscious as possible when challenged and observe your thoughts. The ego loves to play tricks on you here so be aware.
When you’ve allowed yourself the space in which to breathe and re-focus, I suggest a loving kindness meditation. After spending some time calming the mind by observing the breath, focus firstly on yourself. Say to yourself;
“May I be happy, free from suffering, able to release negative trauma from my memory”
Then move on to the people within your house, your family and friends, later to people you don’t know personally but may meet in daily life and onwards to people you’ve encountered whom you feel dislike for, yes people, even them. When you’ve reached those people reverse the process.
See how you feel at the end of that meditation. I always feel grateful and loved with a lot less ego than when I began meditating.
I’m in Bali at the moment and I attended a wonderful yoga class this morning, the focus of which seemed to scream out at me. The teacher based the class on a quotation from the Buddhist Dharma.
The yoga teacher explained that, when faced with a heated situation (which I had been the previous week) you have choices. You can fire up yourself and fuel the fire (guilty as charged), you can detach and become as cold as ice (yes that too!) or you can root down and observe with compassion. Loved that.
The class was then based on balanced postures, a bhakti dance of left and right leg balances. As I sweated into the mat, flowing through the class, I understood. Taking what you experience on the mat into the world. Being your highest self not just during that hour and a half but going out into the world and choosing your words wisely, acting with compassion, even to those who you feel have wronged you and being that tree swaying in the wind, roots firmly set in mother earth.
Buddha quote: ” Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us be thankful.”
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