Ever wonder why we tend to fall into the same old holes in life? There is a reason and great news is, there’s a way out!
Science has backed up what the great sages and Yogis of our time have been teaching:
There’s a reason why we suffer & it’s possible with Mindfulness Training to be free of suffering, especially “mind made” suffering
The first step is to “see” what it is your minds doing. At times things like self bullying can be so ingrained in our self talk we don’t even realise we are doing it to ourselves.
In Mindfulness Training first we slow down and shift gears in the mind, teach it to concentrate and then take a look at what it’s doing.
One of the Pillars of Mindfulness is Patience and Non Judgement .
The poem below beautifully reflects that it does take time for skilful action. Turning what we know into what we actually do is the practice of yoga. To take skilful action , ie to integrate all aspects of self.
This means being inclusive with what ever arises : a thought, emotion, what ever it is . Even if we don’t like it.
The tricky part is not to get hijacked by thoughts when you are walking down the street to the point you get lost in them. Before you know it you can’t find your way out!
Once we shine the light of awareness on our thoughts we can start to see clearly which ones cause us to fall into a hole.
The more we meditate the more we can see and sense the “pull” or what’s known as Shenmpa.
Read the poem below, take time to sit and go easy on yourself when you get pulled by the undertow of thoughts and feelings.
That’s why mindfulness is not only “paying attention” or “being present” . To catch these slippery little suckers (shifty thoughts that lead you nowhere but down a hole) we need to cultivate a certain attitudinal awareness.
Kindness and Curiosity and…..without any judgement as best as you can today.
In our programs we go more into the brain science and evidence base of cultivating these qualities, for example the effects being curious has on the hippocampus and reward centres of the brain.
Also why we tend to repeat the same old habits …..the Yogis were onto this and showed us techniques and a way of being to free us from our unconscious habit patterns (samskara) that can sometimes cause us dis-ease.
We talk about this more in our Level 1 & Level 2 Mindfulness Training and
200 hour / 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost . . . I am helpless. It isn’t my fault . . . It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in this same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall . . . it’s a habit . . . but, My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down another street.