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Courage Dear Heart

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Courage Dear Heart

The most important thing is to find out what the most important thing is.
There I said it, thats all you need to know. Yet in The world of ten thousand things, how hard is it to focus in on any one?

Finding the most important thing is not something anyone else can do for us, perhaps by sharing our stories and our hearts, we can help each other in finding at least the right direction.

In our modern digital culture, the connections of social media, and the endless web of the internet, the opportunity for distraction are ever increasing.

But even before all of this our own minds are true masters in the art of distraction, of throwing ten thousand thoughts up to cloud the heart of the matter. The mind wants at least half of those ten thousand things and will happily spend the rest of eternity trying to work out how to get them.  And even our achievements offer little respite from the deep well of wanting, our mind skips to the next thing it want’s so quickly.

The heart however in my experience has a little more magnitude. We all know the best things aren’t things, The best things are living, feeling, breathing, being, LOVING. When I am willing to surrender the minds need to manipulate and control reality into what I think it should be, what I think I should have or want, surprise surprise all these things that matter to the heart were here all along.

It takes courage to remain in the heart in a world that tells us we can’t afford to, but when I really touch that presence I know I can’t afford not to.

I don’t need a better car, job, lover, or hairstyle, I just need to learn how to feel and live life directly from the heart. I don’t need your approval, likes or attention, (as lovely as they are!) I need to learn to focus my intention and energy into the heart of my own matter; physical, metaphysical and beyond into the beating heart of life itself.

So forgive me if I don’t seem interested to have the most, to be the best or most popular. The sips I’ve taken from the hearts cup have already made me love drunk, and that sweet simple joyfulness of an alive heart is more important to me than anything in this world that can be bought or sold.

The world tells us we need to fight fire with fire, but we all know if you want to put out a fire you use water. When I indulge the minds capacity for endless wanting it feels a lot like burning.  This fire can only be tempered by the cool calming presence of my own Compassionate heart.

courage

Featured image :”Life Isn’t Tragic” by Arturo Vega.

What you really want

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What you really want

Ever get that feeling that life is rushing by yet you have no idea where it’s going? Modern life can be demanding and overwhelming and often times we are living day to day just keeping up with the list of things we need to do. It’s easy to become so accustomed to not having time to do what you want that you can lose touch completely with what those wants even are.

There is a Zen story about a man riding a horse that is galloping very quickly. Another man, standing alongside the road, yells at him, “Where are you going?” and the man on the horse yells back, “I don’t know. Ask the horse.” I think that is our situation. We are riding many horses that we cannot control.”  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The fact that people find time for yoga in this modern rush of life is wonderful and the list of reasons why is as varied as the people who practise. Be it Strength, flexibility, fitness, relaxation or an opportunity to nourish oneself or connect with something beyond ourselves; it doesn’t really matter why you come theres a whole lot of benefits to enjoy. The longer you practise the deeper it goes until one day you discover that Yoga can transform your whole life. Big claim I know, but I also know it’s true.

Yoga can be defined in many different ways but for me the most important word is connection. My practise is my time to connect body breath and mind and experience life directly, without the mental fog of distraction. This inwards focus is an invitation to be intimate with reality and initiate a deeper experience of self. My practise teaches me not only how to move, breath and live more efficiently, It also teaches me to watch my mind without being lost in it, to observe how I react to challenging situations.

It doesn’t matter so much WHAT you do in your practise as HOW,  A yoga practise can create an opportunity to experience  own wholeness. The best way to do that can differ for different people, and in different moments, so the most important ingredient is to be paying attention. Yoga is an invitation to participate in your own life, connecting mind body and soul to have a coherent conversation with life as it is. We need to become familiar with all aspects of ourselves in order to be able to access and utilise our full potential for creating a meaningful life and a beautiful world. The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell Read the rest of this entry