Anxiety happens for me in the space between how I am and how I want others to think I am- The stress of pretence and keeping up appearances. The problem isn’t the sense of unease... that’s the voice of honesty. The problem is clinging so tightly to a partial disembodied self-image I’ve created because I believe others will value, admire or respect me more. I’m afraid of slipping up and exposing my #trueself. Am I truly respecting myself in that process? The challenge and relief is in letting go of who I think I should be in favour of allowing myself to be who I am #whole#authentic#oughtisanaughtyword
My yoga antidote: #relaxedneck in #forrestyoga. Releasing neck and jaw tensions allows me to get out of my head and into my body.
When feeling overwhelmed even getting to a yoga class can be a lot to ask- check out @erica_mather on #soundcloud to help you take the #journeyfromheadtoheart without leaving your bedroom.
Theme for Day1 of #yogamentalhealthchallenge with @yogapsychology land @ashleyturner1
I’m going to say something potentially controversial, but also potentially liberating. ⠀
What if what you think, the thoughts that pass through your mind don’t belong to you? ⠀
I think most of us would agree that we humans are more than the body we inhabit; that there is something larger than ourselves at play here in our lives. We aren’t responsible for making our hearts beat, our lungs breathe, our legs walk. The life-force within us takes care of this. ⠀
So why do we get so caught up in believing every thought that runs through our minds, and beat ourselves up when we are thinking negatively? What if the same energy that beats our hearts, activates our immune system, grows trees is the same energy that gives us the experience of thinking? ⠀
I have come to see that we are the 'awareness' or 'witness' to what is occurring in our lives, and that includes our thinking. There are lots of thoughts that I wouldn’t choose to think. And I bet the same is true for you. So if I don’t want to be thinking certain thoughts, why can’t I stop them? Because we have no control over them, it’s simply energy flowing. Therefore we can let them pass on through, like the weather passing through the sky. ⠀
Whilst we can consciously move our attention to think a specific thought, it doesn’t last long before another thought pops into our head….give it a try and see if for one or two minutes you can think one single thought. Hard eh!⠀
We aren’t doing the thinking, it is being done through us. It’s a much less personal process that we believe it is. Our true self, our larger self is before thought. ⠀
The more we can see this, the more we can relax with what thoughts are occurring through us. And we get the opportunity to be more at peace and present with the life that is flowing through us. We don’t have to take our thinking so seriously or take it as truth. ⠀