Happy April everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter holiday!
What's on my mind? NIYAMAS. (knee-yah-mah)
Niyama - positive duties or observances used for our inner self; things that are inside of us. Not to be confused with a tapeworm that may be "inside of us" or the lunch we just ate "inside of us", but on a spiritual level "inside of us".
They are used to cultivate happiness and self-confidence.
Yamas (we have been discussing these for a bit) are used to relate to the world; things that are external.
Our first niyama is Saucha - (some spell it shaucha and others saucha) which means cleanliness or purification. Using saucha in your yoga practice is a great way to remember who you truly are at the core of your being. This is a wonderful way to burn away any clutter in your mind or obstacles in your life that are preventing you from being YOU. Sages say that saucha is the foundation for physical health and it is the pathway to a deeper and more tranquil state of meditation. So how do we do it? Great question! Make smarter decisions about putting pure things into your body and mind. As always, start simple and see where it leads you. (hopefully to a clean lunch that does not include a tapeworm!)
Santosha means contentment, happiness and joy. We can achieve these feelings by acceptance; acceptance of life and whatever it has brought to us and ourselves. When we are content, we are happy. Happiness is a choice. The niyama said it, not me! Ok fine, I said it too. But you needed to hear it. ;)
How do we become content? LET GO! This is our recurring theme! Let go of the past. Stop beating yourself up. Free yourself of expectations. Remind yourself that what you have right now is enough. You are right where you need to be. You can still strive for other things in your life and your future but be content where you are right now and enjoy some peace. Once you achieve whta you are working towards, it will only add to your current joy. Go ahead, try it. You deserve it.
I'll never recommend or suggest that any of you become doormats to the world, however, I DO recommend that you start to shift your perspective about life and everything that happens on this crazy journey. Yes, unfortunate things happen in our lives but we do not have to be the victim of that circumstance. We can choose to rise above the negative acts, emotions and responses and be the light that we were meant to be in this world. You were meant to shine so why do anything less?
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