Sat nam, having been blessed with an amazing time with family and friends, two birthdays, a trip to Marrakesh, going to and teaching at the Great British Kundalini Yoga Festival. What have I learnt on my early summer break this year?
When we hit those days where the whole world annoys us. The days when we secretly judge our friends and loved ones. Where the inner struggle gets so bad that we feel exhausted. Anyone relate to these feelings?
Well guess what we all have these feeling. Whether we are on an amazing holiday wondering why we do not feel happier or more grateful. To spending hours on a plane to meet family only to feel let down and frustrated.
This is just the polarity of life, our shadow raising her ugly head, it is important to acknowledge the thoughts and feelings ie they are there, I see you, but not buy into the premise that I am bad, evil, not grateful, inauthentic because I have had these thoughts and feelings. If we fall into this trap then our subconscious thought patterns become our subconscious projection. So no matter how much we smile on the outside the pain of judging ourselves harshly shows like the leer of the Joker behind the mask.
I watched an experiment that children did at school in the UK. They took 2 plants. One plant just got loving words and compliments. The other plant was feed on insults… The first plant thrived; the second wilted and looked like it was dying.
What we do not realise is the constant criticism for our less than perfect selves, dominants our subconscious words and conscious speech if we do not make peace with our imperfections, shadows, down days, anger, guilt, fear. This has a detrimental effect on our mental health and wellbeing.
So what did I learn on this holiday? Embrace yourself no matter how you wake up in the morning, or how you feeling during your day. Do not buy into your mind or shadow self, this is only a small part of you, it does not define you. But be conscious of what your mind is saying, frustration, annoyance maybe an indication that you need to take some time out for yourself, even if you just have time for a few deep breathes. I think it is really important to listen to your mind, not to believe all the sh*t but to see what it is highlighting, this is where real healing lies, this is the path of peace.
Mon 18 June 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7
Tues19 June 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8
Tues 19 June 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5
Wed 20 June 5.00- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Thurs 21 June 6.45-8pm Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Thurs 21 June 11 – 1pm Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond
Thurs 21 June 5.30-7pm Soltice Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7