Yoga, meditation, ayurveda are practices that are thousands of years old. Their roots are from the East, from a very different place and time then where they are being used now. The western world has really taken on these practices in the last 20 years and their popularity is growing. This is great news! There are other alternatives to healing that is more in tune with how our bodies operate and easiler on our physical systems. The world of medicine is expanding! The knowledge of the East is bringing the West to heights of consciousness it has not yet experienced. However, the cultural placement of these healing methods must be taken into consideration. The east has a very different temperment in how it goes about things and therefore this effects how the medicines can be applied.
In the west we are head centered, we analyze, rationalize and are very determined in what we do. Yet, the East is easy going and more heart centered, it is more focused on feeling.
I am writing this article because I have noticed some yogis have lost the actual point of the teachings. I myself have been a victim to this, and yogis can loose themselves in the mental drama of health and wellness ( meditiation, yoga, diet) if we dont realize that we are doing it from the head space, rather than the heart. Instead of feeling whats right, one gets caught up in a mental spin of doing it ‘ perfectly’. Not flowing, but anaylzing every action thats done. When we think too much about what we are doing, we are not healing we are causing stress. Many yogis are wondering if they are doing it right and try too hard. The over achiever and perfectionist mind is activated. Thinking that if they can be sucessful in doing this ‘healing’ the best way they will conquer their mind and body health issues. (This motivated attitude is great, but only when balanced. When this drive takes over your peace of mind, then it is no longer serving its purpose).
It doesn’t work that way.
To use these eastern medicines is to do what we can and allow the medicine to work. We cannot force it, we cannot control it. All we can do is use what we have with the best of our knowledge, surrender to it and live life.
Worrying and stressing about our diets, our yogic practices etc are causing us to live from a place of the mind rather than the heart. The fact that you are trying to improve your lifestyle is great in itself, there is no point in beating yourself up if its not perfect. Eventually it will be, but guilt will not get you there.
So have that pizza once in while, break the rules just to let go a bit…
Yoga and meditation are meant to help you live a better life, not to imprison you.
Get out of your head and live the principles yoga teaches, its in the heart! Dont let your mind fool you….
Sing, dance, listen to funny stories, get back in your body and smile.