Pretend that yoga is a planet. A perfect planet with balance on a normal orbital pattern, moving around the sun. The approach of another planet enters with an equal, perfect orbital pattern. During parts of your day, the orbital pattern of the second planet blocks out the sun. The world, for a moment, has come into darkness — void of light and clarity. These less illuminated moments in a sensitive, concentrated mind may seem cataclysmic. How do you gain light?
Rule 1: Start a sadhana
A sadhana is a means to meet truth. Truth on Planet Yoga is the orbital pattern. The planet may be in motion yet it’s on a path that creates reliability and strengthens awareness. A sadhana does this for us on mental, physical and spiritual levels. Clarity becomes understanding what influences you, moves you, directs you in life toward purpose. Individual purpose develops familiarity with your inner orbital pattern. In short, you know that there is going to be one point, beyond your control, where the view of the sun is not clear. How do we see beyond the darkness?
Rule 2: Cultivate Clarity
The mind loves categories. A category provides comfort on a mental level. When a rule that the mind sees as defined breaks, a serious psychological friction may result. In plain view, we are talking about another planet on its own unique trajectory and purpose. Negative thoughts stems from thinking that there is an intentional harm aimed at you. Cultivating opposite thoughts comes with practice. Be aware of your need to respond with frustration, judgement and reacting with harm. Try this tactic when in the face of opposition. Say within ‘I wish you a good day and I know that you are moving through life according to your own purpose.’ If all else fails, say the most ridiculous word you can think of out loud — try, ‘BOM! BOM!’ What do we gain?
Rule 3: Observe and Develop Faith
Observation allows knowledge to become us. We drop the need to impress our importance. We tap in. Planet Yoga orbits out of darkness and you bask in the light! Everything illuminates and is vibrant. You observe the splendor and a spark of faith that is grown within. Faith is that initial inquiry you had in the quest of yoga. You showed up with it and are answering through observation and cultivated knowledge. There is no need to change, alter or make better, as this would only disturb the process and rob you of faith. Your wider lens of self-awareness is reflected in kind from Planet Yoga. I wish you a pleasant journey on Planet Yoga and should need orbital guidance, feel free to send me a signal.