Ever notice how two people can look at the same thing or situation and react to it completely differently? Some people face adversity and grow and flourish because of it….Others face similar challenges but may become sour or resentful feeling like a victim of circumstance.
Our perceptions and projections are made by our minds. Most are unconscious and keep us in an old groove or habit. We see the same situations occur in our lives again and again, the same patterns in relationships, interactions with others and how we treat ourselves.
When we begin to look at things consciously, becoming aware of our tendencies and habits to label or to look at things a certain way.This awareness is the first step in opening our eyes and shining the light of truth on our lives. We stop following things blindly, continuing the Samsakras we have been re-living day after day. This can be difficult! It can raise some scary questions- it may question everything we believed to be true, the reality which we have built up over years could be torn down and that’s a little terrifying hence a lot of us don’t want to do it.
We begin to realise that our thoughts, words and actions have a massive impact on our lives , the lives of those around us, and the environment. We begin to think less selfishly and begin to act with a deep sense of compassion and understanding. Taking responsibility for our actions, thoughts and words and understanding that we are in control of our own lives and what we do matters. We begin to realise everything is interconnected and what affects one, affects us all.
Our intentions matter, how we interact matters, how we treat others matters, how we treat our planet matters. Take responsibility, make conscious choices and begin to live more compassionately. The world is not coming at you- You are a part of the world.
Our Yoga practices can help us become more conscious or our thoughts, actions and decisions. As we become more aware of our bodies and minds on our yoga mats we can begin to bring this level of awareness off our yoga mats. Instead of feeling like a victim of circumstance, ask yourself – Is there something I can learn here? Is there something here that will accelerate my growth? As my teacher says: You can’t be a victim and Enlightened at the same time!