When I was in my early 20's I went through a phase where I took my practice very seriously. Not only would I would get up around 4:00AM and practice asana, breathing techniques and meditation until about 6:00 or 6:30 but I would do so with intensity and attachment to how the process should unravel.
Flipped the Cat
One morning I was completing a one-hour meditation with a focus on compassion when my cat decided to jump on my hair. Calmly, I reached back, *flipped the cat and for a bout a second, before I realized what had just happened, I tried to casually go back to my point of focus :).
This experience was a turning point for me. It made me realize that I needed to soften my edge. It’s clearly explained in the traditional teachings of yoga that in order to succeed on our path we need effort which means we need to move beyond the heaviness and the excuses but we equally need to let go of attachments and therefore, expectations.
The Mother: A little yoga philosophy to put things in context
The concept and integration of what the Mother energy represents is an important and yet vast aspect found in the teachings of yoga and Ayurveda. In short, we can say that the Mother represents the power of creation. She is the sustaining energy of life and manifestations as a whole. Thankfully we don’t need to fully grasp this or even be a mother to experience its beauty. In fact, regardless of whether we have children or not and regardless of our gender, the mother energy lives within and connecting with her begins by valuing compassion, understanding and courage. The more we connect with the mother energy as the power of manifestation and love the more we see it unfolding within and around us which gives it even more energy.
The Perfect Gift If we step out of the pressure of the holiday and what we’re suppose to do and instead focus on what we want to do to support the mother energy our natural and creative...