Your best medicine is right action

By right action, I mean action that is in line with the deepest, truest part of who you are.

I love this because as a person raised (and recovered) from Christian faith, I had trouble with the word sin and the set of rules externally set by its institutions and then self-enforced through fear. There doesn’t necessarily need to be self-reflection nor self-awareness; just obedience to something externally referred.

I’ve been blessed to have found a teacher (based in Christian faith) that repositioned sin to mean taking action that is not in alignment with one’s Truth.

This is a critical shift in definition because it asks me to turn inward and to learn what my Truth is, and then to act on that (or not to act on something I might have historically re-acted on). It asks me to become self-aware, self-obedient, and self-referred.

I want to focus on the word action now. Often we don’t act on those things that we should because we are so busy re-acting to all of our external references. Right action (self-referred action) digs you out of the tamasic mind whose nature is self-doubt, confusion, lethargy, existential anxiety, anger, and polarity. Right action is responsible all the way around. It is ultimately light, relieves suffering, and it is incredibly connective.

You have the power to decide that you are tired of suffering and to figure out how to shift into right action. Take it slowly. It’s your fastest way there. Start with what’s easier for you: whether it’s how you take action in your day, in your sleep habits, or in your diet and exercise. Each part supports or sabotages right action. It all matters. You will either decide to elevate the vibratory frequency of your body to encourage a more right-action oriented sattvic mind (light, clear, joyful, conscious, unified, trusting, intuitive), or lower it to be able to resonate with, and completely justify, the temptations of the more primal orientation of tamas and it’s suffering. Meditate on it. Take time during your day to self-reflect on the choices you are making to decide to raise or lower that frequency to assist you in staying where you are or elevating yourself out of that stuck-ness.

 

Dear Spiritual Community, thanks for the forklift

I wrote this twice back in 2013. Once in April, addressing it to White Tantric Yoga, and then again in November, addressing it to Sadhana. The elevation, the launch, the inspiration, and forklift that I experience being in it with all of you, through the practice, the celebrations and struggles, knowing that none of us is alone, and that we have access to the resources that we truly need, makes me realize how truly blessed I am – we all are – to have each other. So now, I want to address this to you, my Urban Yoga community. 

As I often take a moment to reflect on my blessings, what often comes up for me is my spiritual community, and the world of difference that having a support system makes in our lives.

We celebrate each other, and we hold each other up. We help each other see what we need to see, and this includes our blind spots as well as our super spots. Our friends are there to uplift us; to show us what we are capable of, and to hold us in that space. We can worm and wriggle, because it may be uncomfortable, but deep down we know that we are worming and wriggling our Selves into our greatness.

True, we can only look to ourselves to make us whole, no one can do that for us, but that connection to others absolutely makes a difference. So much, that it is said that we can only go as far as the 5 people closest to us.

Experiencing pain is a part of being human. The question is, while you are in it, while you are sad, heartbroken, confused, afraid, or angry, do you know that you are still perfect in your unique, delicious way? If yes, then go into your human-ness and feel what you feel knowing that your feelings do not define you. If you have self-doubt, then reach out. Connect with the people that show up for you and hold you high. Because their vision for you is Truth.

There are many ways to get a powerful boost for elevation. But we need is each other to keep it going.

What’s your excuse for not practicing (yoga)?

I, too, fall behind and procrastinate on things, so the list of excuses below is not out of judgment, nor without empathy. The beginning of recovery is to own it, and I am happy to be the first to begin:

My child is sick. 
I’m not feeling well. 
When the malaise disappears, I’ll start. 
I feel great. I can totally see how this can help those that don’t.
I’m behind on my project, which was due yesterday. 
My project is done and I’m exhausted. Give me a week to recoup.
Another project!
I’m leaving town.
I’m tired. I had no sleep last night.
I’ve got so much energy, I need to take advantage of it to get everything done for other people. 
I have out of town guests. 
After this month, once the craziness is over, I’ll come back. 
I’m going to this meet-up on how to jumpstart my career, life, relationship, finances; I’ll be back once it’s all mapped out. 
I just ate. I need time to digest.
I’m hungry. I need to eat first. 
Meeting after meeting after meeting…
OMG, I need it so bad. I’ll show up. Soon. I promise. 
That’s just too crazy early. 
It’s right in the middle of the day and I can’t get anything else done if I do it then. 
It’s too late, and I’m tired then. 
I’m just not motivated right now (I give up).
I’m so busy. I don’t know how to fit it in.
You know when you don’t have a lot going on, it’s hard to do anything? That’s where I am. 
I don’t know where to start. 
I can’t practice at home; there are people in the house and I don’t want to disturb them. And my children won’t let me. 
My shoulder hurts.
My knee hurts. 
My back hurts. 
I’m taking care of other people right now. I’ll have to wait. 
I’m broke. (Hey, should I bring a bottle of wine to the potluck?)
I’m broke. (Wanna meet at Starbucks tomorrow afternoon?) 
I had to get my tax stuff together for my accountant. It was a mess.
When everything falls into place, that’s when I will do it.  

All legit, if we decide that they are. 

When you are ready to make You happen, look up: support is all around you. And consider adopting the following instead:

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important….   (Audre Lorde)

….whether I am busy. Because taking care of me will streamline my life.
….whether I am distracted. Because this practice will focus me.
….whether I am tired. Because this practice will energize me. 
….whether I am hungry. Because this practice will feed me.   
….whether I have family that demand constant attention. Because I lead self-care by example. 

Because at the end of the current crazy, new crazy happens, so why delay Me?
Because when out-of-town guests happen, I need to happen first. 
Because my mental, physical, and spiritual health is my wealth.
Because I matter. 

With love, grit, and gratitude,
Savitree Kaur

 

 

You can TRY to inspire someone

but at the end they smell what you’re doing.

They can only find inspiration in another person when they are ready. This one is a self-discovery. You can’t find it for them. Until then, it’s entirely possible that you are being downright annoying in trying to inspire. Or worst, you set the other person back (and probably yourself). So don’t fall for the co-dependent behavior.

Stay in your own self-discovery. Work on your own presence and joy. Serve others by accepting who and where they are without breaking down your own healthy boundaries and without accepting destructive, self-sabatoging behavior. Silence is the best mirror. Acceptance is the best catalyst for change. Live your life, find your own inspirations. Others will notice on their own terms. And they’ll get there faster than if you ever tried to do it for them.

Space is everything

Create the space to relax.

Create the space for in-between.

Create the space for being present with your feelings so that they may move through instead of sink into your tissues.

Create the space just after you sit down for your meal and before you pick up your fork to take a breath and find gratitude for what is offered before you.

Create the space to debrief, decompress, integrate, and let go.

Create the space to check in with yourself. Make sure your next move is still in alignment.

Create the space to finish what you started, lie up loose ends, get closure, clean up after yourself.

Create the space as a way to exercise trust in yourself and in the Universe, and as a way to exercise your breath.

So that the next moments could be pure and present. And watch time open up to you in the most generous way.