within you

September 23, 2009

tonight i went to the late yoga class. it’s the last class of the day and no matter what form of yoga, it’s always guided by candle light. tonight’s practice was vinyasa yoga and it’s characterized by constant flow from one pose to the next and most importantly, it’s led by the breath. as we moved thr0ugh the hour-long class, our teacher would remind us of why we practice and give encouragements to hold a pose longer … (because when your thighs are burning from warrior pose, it’s hard to think of anything but coming out of it). one thing she said tonight, was ‘everything you need is within you.’

instantly, i thought about the power of the mind. will power. the strength to do something that maybe you thought you could never do. the courage to go the extra mile. to give up a bad habit. while some obstructions have physical limitations, with time these can be broken by the mind. our most powerful muscle.

sometimes when writing these posts, it’s hard for me to not be cheesy, or think what i’m writing is something people will roll their eyes at, but these teachings are the most simple of ideas, but the most difficult in practice. we lose focus too often. if you’re able to stop your wandering thoughts, especially those arbitrary to what you’re doing when you’re doing it, you’ve overcome something. that’s one of the goals of yoga/meditation. to be here right now. to focus your mind on what you’re doing at that very moment. to give it your all. and if you start to practice that, then why can’t you give everything else your all?

here’s this week’s quote:

“the only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


2 Responses to “within you”

  1. aarondohogne Says:

    I’ve found that one of the hardest parts about deciding what want focus on is knowing who I want to be. What do I want from a career? Where do I want to live? What do I want from a social life? Not knowing what is wanted makes it hard to decide what to spend time with. I ask myself, ‘am I wasting my time?’ But, if I give of my options some of my time, even if they might not come to pass, then at least I know myself at bit better.

  2. Joe Kelble Says:

    If you havent already, please watch the movie “What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?” (aka “What the Bleep Do We Know?”).

    Its a great movie about the power of the mind in relation to positivity and the ability to make change in the world. It incorporates experts from the fields of quantum physics, religion, psychology, biology, and philosophy so its quite scientific and fact based as opposed to cheesy and abstract.

    Its amazing and you can even find it at Blockbuster!

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