Don’t fight with the mind. – Jnana Yoga wisdom or knowledge The idea of jnana centres around a cognitive event which is recognized when experienced.
Observe your thoughts. Observe your emotions. Observe your actions. We try to detach from the mental chaos.
In the yoga practice, you may feel some discomfort at first, and emotions can take over, your mind starts thinking. Most of the time we are reactive rather than pro-active: the mind’s propositions are our marching orders. Gently close your eyes, focus on your breath. Practising awareness. Observing your emotions, and watching them leave again. Like waves in the ocean. Or how I like to see it, – “a river just flows, so do my emotions”. Allowing yourself to feel the emotion, acknowledge it and without judging you allow yourself to be fully in this emotion. It’s an awakening inner practice for cultivating self-love. This takes place in search of understanding the self.
Yoga is to stop or to dissolve the fluctuations of the mind.
Start making a healthy pattern, this is called – Tapas – in the poetic language of Sanskrit. The word Tapas is derived from the root Sanskrit verb ‘tap’ which means ‘to burn’, and evokes a sense of ‘fiery discipline’ or ‘passion’. You will discover patterns within. Breaking patterns will lead to discomfort, with Tapas, so with this fire to want to grow and become a better version of yourself, you will break pattern after pattern.
Please remember that this is Jnana Yoga – wisdom or knowledge
Especially in times like now!
Hearing the news on the radio about a virus ( Covid19 ) which has spread. And that the whole world has gone into hermit crab mode.
Now, this is such an unexpected situation. Emotions are completely entitled to act up here. I feel it!
Take a huge step back and see the big picture. Everyone is in the same boat as you – first you can understand that this is not a bad thing that only happened to you but it’s global and you feel empathy.
This helps in a positive way to connect.
This situation has a big impact on a lot of areas of our lives right now and not what you or what I had planned. Remembering that Life is bigger. I invite you to give yourself the understanding, the support, the way you process this in the most loving, kind way. You are not alone.
Practising all of the above will plant a seed – Sankalpa – this means setting your intention. Traditionally only made during the practice of Yoga Nidra. Sankalpa is a short phrase or sentence, clearly and concisely expressed, using the same wording each time, to bring about a positive change in one’s life.
The intention of cultivating self-love. Your Sankalpa can be. I am loving, I am kind, I am calm.
Your subconscious mind understands your intentions and therefore cultivates whatever it is you are feeding your subconscious. This is very powerful. There are many tools for you to use. Many practices to develop your own true growth to become a better version of yourself.
With the whole world locked down “if you can’t go outside – go inside”