The past week has been grueling from completing various deadlines at work, baking for a variety of events, to attending a few family celebrations (which I absolutely love). I was literally rushing from one task or event to the next, with hardly any time to stop, breathe and think. I feel as if I’ve been running on adrenaline for about a week now, and finally today my mentally and physically exhausted body told me to stop, think and listen to myself. I’m reminded that I promised myself to focus on balancing my life, and right now my health and I am top priorities. I was craving for some tranquility and relaxation, away from the hustle-bustle. Without hesitation, I postponed an obligation because I realized that if I went there, I would simply exacerbate my exhaustion further. Therefore, I escaped to one of my favourite places in the world: my regular go-to yoga studio. It is a place where after a class, I feel rejuvenated, serene and balanced.
I’m happy I made the right decision to attend a yoga class today. I met a fantastic instructor whom I have not taken a class with before, and found out why everyone raves about her. She truly brings the term “yoga” to life. A simple way to describe yoga is that it’s a union between body, mind and heart, and the continued practise of it brings a sense of peace and well-being, and a feeling of being one with self, others and the environment. This yoga instructor started our class with an “intention” (a promise we make to ourselves about what we intend to do, say, be etc. throughout our practise) which was that our own body has the capacity to self-heal. Her intention for our class really resonated with me and I found it very thought-provoking, so I would like to share it with you here. You don’t have to practise yoga to understand this message. I believe it applies to everyone, whether you are beginning or already on your journey towards healthy and balanced living, in whichever way you choose to achieve this lifestyle.
My instructor said that we are conditioned and especially our mind to think that we need prescription drugs to heal, and that we can or cannot do certain things due to our age. In other words, our mind limits the potential that is within us. If we change the way we think, we can do anything and be able to broaden our horizon, which also includes the strong belief that our own body can heal itself naturally. Furthermore, we should let go of the fears, anger, self-hate, pain, and any other negative feelings and thoughts, bottled up inside us from past experiences and memories, and just focus on the present, opening up ourselves to the positivity and possibilities of life.
During class, I truly felt as if my body, mind and heart were one as I held the intention mindfully through every yoga pose. Our body is indeed a powerful self-healing mechanism tied strongly to our mind. You see, when I entered class, I felt weigh down by the past week’s grueling activities, hopeless towards the load of work waiting for me to be completed, and even restless. However, at the end of class, my exhaustion and all the negative feelings and thoughts totally disappeared. I felt re-energized and that I can accomplish anything to the best of my ability. I just experienced that union of body, mind and heart: As my mind rid itself of the “negative” energy, my heart was filled with self-belief and self-empowerment, and my body naturally felt more vibrant and strong. That’s the power of positive thinking and self-healing!
Hope you find this mind food for thought meaningful and applicable for whatever stage you are at right now in your journey towards balanced living! 🙂
Namaste & Love, Violet