Happy May everyone!
I must confess that this month, I've been struggling with writers block. It happens from time to time but this month I am really feeling stuck. Every time I'd sit down to write, I get a few sentences out that don't make any sense or end up with nothing. How stressful! So I decided to take a step back ,stop forcing it and just let it go. Then I heard a little voice telling me to write about being stuck! DUH AMY!
So...here we go!
On being stuck. We've all been there. Stuck in traffic, stuck on a project, stuck in our yoga practice, stuck in a rut...just plain old stuck. Most times it is easier to stay stuck than to go inside of ourselves for the answers on how to start a forward motion again. It's scary to go deep into our beautiful brains, because there are things in there that we may not want to hear! But the good news is, the answers we seek are always there, we just have to be quiet enough to hear them.
Everyone has an inner voice and we all choose whether or not we listen to what it's telling us. (<-- don't ignore it!) When you choose to listen to it - that's TAPAS. Our niyama of the month. :)
Tapas literally means heat or glow. Tapas, in yoga, is defined as self discipline through actions that perfect our body & senses as well as increase our spiritual fervor.
According to dictionary.com...
tapas [tuhp-uh s] noun, yoga
1. the conditioning of the body through the proper kinks of amounts of diet, rest, bodily training, meditation, etc. to bring it to the greatest possible state of creative power.
Think of a fire. When we place an object into a fire, the fire burns so hot that the object comes out unchanged. It's the same thing that's happening within us. We choose to listen to our inner voice, make a change for the better which in turn burns away the old habits that are holding us back or keeping us in our rut. Genuine tapas makes us shine like the sun.
One way to practice tapas is by listening to our inner voice that is telling us things to improve our current situation. For instance, when I am sitting on the couch, being a bum because I "had a hard day" and my inner voice is saying, "get up and get on your mat" - I have 2 choices. I can ignore it because "I've had a hard day" (WOMP WOMP) or I can listen to it as it pushes me in the direction of positive change (HOORAY!) and I can get on my yoga mat and practice for a bit. Listening to my inner voice has taken me on a healthier path for my mind, body and soul. And I ALWAYS feel better after doing a few poses or practicing my breathing. ALWAYS. Think about it, do you ever feel worse after doing a few yoga poses?
Whenever I am feeling stuck, writing, getting things done around the house, in my practice - I get on my mat, close my eyes and listen. I listen to my breath. I listen for that inner voice.
I hope this helps you in some way and you are able to start practicing tapas more often in your life.
Tapas. It's a beautiful thing.
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