I sincerely hope you had a great holiday weekend and that you are as excited as I am to get back to work on creating the life of your dreams.
In yoga, your life’s purpose is called dharma. It’s a very big subject. As a matter of fact, at least one of the world’s great spiritual books is entirely dedicated to fulfilling your dharma.
A fairly sizeable percentage of the world’s population consider this the single most important function of their lives…
Yet so many people around the world lead lives of quiet desperation. They go through life wishing and hoping for change that never seems to come.
They hope for happiness and blame their unhappiness on external forces…
“It’s the rich… they don’t give enough for me to be happy and fulfilled…
No, it’s the poor… if they would only get off of their
lazy bottoms and get to work then I could be happy…
Hey, wait a minute… it’s the self-serving politicians…
You know the [insert party of your choice here]…
Politicians you say? Nonsense, it’s the greedy corporations…
But wait… big business provides jobs and tax revenues…it
must be my family… my family never supported me…
No, it’s not family, family is great… and anyway, they have
their own unhappiness to figure out…
It must be the education system… if only they’d taught me
what I really needed to know to get on in the world then I could
have been one of the rich… or one of the politicians… or…”
Blah… blah… blah…
Full of the ignorance and ego that Patanjali describes in the yoga sutras (Sadhana Pada, threads 3-6).
As a matter of fact, that kind of thinking is exactly what yoga is meant to help you overcome.
Do I have your attention?
Here’s what to do…
Have a burning desire… reflect on yourself… release the fruits of those two tasks to something bigger than you.
Let’s take a look at those three steps:
Have A Burning Desire
That’s really not too difficult. But for some reason many people stop dreaming, stop wanting to be better, to experience more, to have
what they want or need to fulfill their dharma…. but not you. You wake up each day and re-light the fire of aspiration.
Reflect On Yourself
Big problems start here for many people. You’ve had big dreams at some time in your life. Most of those dreams probably got squashed. The question is… how and why?
There is a right way and a wrong way to Self-reflect. Yes, you read that right.
Self-reflection, like many of the ideas found in yoga, is a double-edged sword. Do it the wrong way and you make things worse. Do it the right way and you create the life you want and have the opportunity to fulfill you life’s purpsose.
If this sounds confusing to you, consider the feeling of resentment. The word comes from the Latin sentire (to feel). Add the re at the front and you get to re-feel.
That’s about as self-reflection as you can get. Re-feel…
Re-feel… loop that experience in your mind until it changes your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state…
Not very nice, is it?
Recent studies have shown that imagining the future requires connecting with memories… What memories are you consciously connecting with? What memories are imprinted on the unconscious mind just below the surface?
Release The Fruits Of The Previous Two Steps To Something Bigger Than You
Yes, I know the sutras say Ishvara… the divine… god…
I’m not even going to go there. That opens a whole new can of worms that makes some people squirm and gives others another excuse for their misery.
Blah, blah, blah.
Just make it something bigger than you and you’ll get the benefit.
Try this: if you have trouble conceiving of something bigger than you…
Consider that if you are able to fulfill your life’s purpose and be happy… then you will be able to be of greater service to your community, your family, your children, your parents, your school. Whatever floats your boat. All of those things are bigger than you.
There. You have an answer.
The real crux of this is your method of self-reflection.
This is not about me… it’s about you… but bear with me for a moment.
I want to stand on top of the tallest building in London and scream at the top of my lungs…
“Change Your Self-reflection And You Will Change Your Life!”
I want to wear a placard and walk around the Southbank of the Thames. I want to get one of those megaphones and scream it to the entire world. I’m absolutely passionate about this.
Change Your Self-reflection And You Will Change Your Life.
More on the ‘how’ another time… For today, just contemplate what that means… to change your self-reflection… because I want you to know… once you get this then life is a different game. Completely different. And a hell of a lot more fun!