Transformation

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

Transformation. When you read that word what do you think of? I get images of a phoenix rising from the flames, a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, and silly toy robots that turn into cars. When I think of yoga and how it has transformed my life, I am always amazed. I believe that the practice has begun to transform my body, my mind, and my emotions. Yoga gives us tools to help open the mind and facilitate positive change. It has helped me to identify the change I want to see in the world, the changes that I want to cultivate in my own  life. Yoga is the way that I work towards these changes. It helps me to see the path I want to walk.

“Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.” ~ Yoga Sutra III.18

Yoga encourages us to look within and start seeing ourselves more clearly. If we can recognize a pattern that is no longer serving us, then we have made the first step toward changing it. As humans we have a large capacity for change, but most of the time we resist it. It can feel more comfortable or easier to just stay the same.  However yoga teaches us to embrace the discomfort, or the tapas, as a part of life. Sometimes, like the phoenix or the butterfly, we have to go through the discomfort to find the beauty and transformation on the other side. 

“Modern physics had shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter. For modern physicists…Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.” Fritjof Capra

In yoga the power of transformation is represented by Shiva.  Shiva represents the inevitable changes in life. Everything has a cycle. Each cell in the body, each person, and even the universe itself, must adhere to the cycle of birth, life, and death… beginning, middle, and end.

“Every cell in our body suffers or grows, receives a life impulse or a death impulse, from every thought that enters the mind. You tend to grow into the image of the thing you think about most.” ~ Swami Sivananda

Everything begins as a thought. Ask yourself, what change do I wish to see in the world? or  what change do I wish to see in myself? Let your yoga practice help you make the positive changes you want in your life, and help you accept the changes you do not want. Start to explore what life would be like if you opened your mind up to the possibility of positive change.   What do you want to grow into?

Om Namah Shivaya.

love and light,  robin

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