I am in my seventh month of writing my Blog and similar to Julie Powell, in the movie Julie and Julia, I am trapped in a sea of passion and insecurities as I try to ascertain my purpose and direction.
In all of this self-analysis I have deduced that my writing has become a reflection of my spiritual journey as a wife and a mother. It has helped me to live in the present more completely and spiritually then ever before. Every nuance, every impressionable expression, every tribute to life is divulged through my writing, helping me to grow as an individual.
As I weave the pieces together I better understand how everything in my life is not circumstantial but a culmination of chosen paths and decisions.
Chaos seems to follow me wherever I go which makes it sometimes difficult to see the paths clearly, and so I practice yoga. Just recently I burst into the door of the unbearably quiet yoga room and hurriedly began my Pranayama Breathing trying not to hyperventilate as the teacher quoted the?Dalai Lama,
As I went from a completely harassed state to deep breathing, my head filled with negative and rebellious Monkey Chatter. I breathed in and looked up to the heavens trying to breathe the energy from the Universe back into my lungs. Anybody out there? I beckoned. Come out come out wherever you are, still nothing.
My inability to reach a meditative state compelled me to take my yoga to a deeper and more spiritual level. I approached the teacher after class, a beautiful, tranquil young man with clear brown eyes, olive skin and silky jet black hair and asked him if I could have a private conversation with him for a spiritual piece I was writing on my blog. It doesnt help that whenever I mention my blog people look at me as if I have three eyes, not a third eye mind you. He suggested that I attend a four hour seminar called, Anatomy of a Yogi, that was occurring in the yoga studio that afternoon.
For the sake of my blog and a quest for spirituality I abandoned my family and went to the seminar. I sat on the floor with seven other people, four of whom were yoga instructors, and listened to the seminar leaders, a married couple named Jaylee and Paul Balch.
Paul had a near-death experience when he was eighteen which compelled him to pursue a greater knowledge of the connection between mind, body and soul. Jaylee, oddly enough, also had a near-death experience a few years ago. She, unlike Paul, had such an incredible experience when she almost died that it was very difficult for her to keep living. In order to heal herself she knew that her mission was now to help others better understand the essence of life.
They began by speaking of the chakra system and how it related to the emotional energetics of the twenty-six postures that we practice in Bikrams yoga.
Time stood still as I sat there listening to two people who were able to take the training that they received from Tibetan and Tao masters and life learned experiences and deliver the information to those of us who were ready to receive it.
Jaylee and Paul were incredible people and I absorbed all of what they had to say but what resonates with me the most is the following:
In order to love and be loved we must try to live in this world with less judgment and expectations of others. It is not easy to let go of our egos and accept and forgive those who hurt us but by trying we are able to reach a higher level of happiness.
Unless we take a respite from our daily lives it is very difficult to connect with our inner peace. Yoga and meditation help us to rid ourselves of emotions that detrimentally affect our well being. When we breathe into a posture and hold it for twenty-seconds we release energy that can reprogram the patterns of our DNA. The movement of the blood and oxygen in our system also releases trapped negative emotions.
Yoga helps allow us to have our own dreams and goals. To give to ourselves so we have something to give back. The trained masters warn to not just accept what we are hearing but to always question, to not have expectations of others and to not take on the responsibility of others.
To practice spirituality is a work in progress for most of us. It is a scientific fact that harboring ill feelings will make you sick and possibly kill you. As Jaylee and Paul said, get value out of bad experiences. Glow and become more worthwhile. Start to have a significant presence and offer more to make a difference.
And so, I go on writing about life and as I blog away my journey becomes more and more defined helping me to better understand the chaos in my life and my role as a writer, a mother, a wife and a friend.
I cannot do the seminar justice in one small post but if you would like to read a well written article about it go to: www.oajnet.com/bikrams/newsletters/…/docs/AnatomyOfAYogi.pdf
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