Life is change. Change is life.
In fact, change is our nature.
We can look at nature for a model.
Nature changes every moment.
We and nature are the same.
Not only is change possible, change is inevitable.
Change is constant.
Change has been my greatest interest for as long as I can remember!
I have always been so curious about our potential for transformation!
Why? Obviously because I wanted to change so bad!
In my early teen years, I suffered from an obsessive compulsive behaviour with a fancy name: Trichotillomania. Simply put I had the compulsion of pulling my eyelashes and eyebrows! It made me feel so miserable!
I began very young to wonder about change!
I also started smoking tobacco and marijuana passionately in my teen years.
Some years later I wanted to quit.
I found that change was so difficult that it seemed impossible!
Years later, after a diagnosis of MS, I kept pursuing my passion: yoga!
I found out that if you can breathe, you can practice yoga!
So happily I did both: breathe consciously and practice yoga 😊
Vigorous yang yoga was impossible physically for me at that time.
Yang is about becoming.
I was fortunate to discover the gentle practice of yin yoga.
Yin is about being.
There are 3 steps to practice yin yoga:
#1 Find your comfortable edge in the posture. This appropriate edge changes all the time! It is always new!
#2 Stay still and surrender.
#3 Stay there for a while: three to five minutes. This is the time to get to know your mind, to develop your focus, to awaken the observer in you!
I learned yin yoga during a week-long workshop with Sarah Powers http://sarahpowers.com/
I also did another yoga teacher training course: Mind and meditation, level 2 Kundalini yoga https://www.3ho.org/
All this training gave me evidence that I can in fact change!
All this training pointed me to the fact that change belongs to the realm of the mind!
If you can change your mind, you can change your life!
I used to think meditation was impossible for me.
Now I found that sitting still for short periods of time, watching my mind, was actually possible!
What a revelation to discover I could actually change!!
What a relief to discover that I am not fixed a certain way!!
I quit smoking and I stopped that compulsion!!
But we have free will. We can resist change.
By thinking the same thoughts over and over again we are sure not to change.
First we become aware of the stories we tell ourselves over and over again by awakening the observer in us.
Then we can start changing our self talk by choosing to tell ourselves what we do want.
When we choose our conscious thoughts, our subconscious mind will start believing what we tell it.
Our subconscious mind has no sense of humor: it must accept anything we tell it.
Do you believe you can change? 💜