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How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?
It’s never too late to check in on your New Year’s Resolutions! And if you have been struggling to keep them, or doing great- these insights from Sarah Wilson’s Vinyasa yoga class might just be the added insight you need to stay the course! This past Wednesday night at the Youth Centre Fitness Studio, she shared these thoughts about our personal plans, goals, and strivings for the year ahead, and how according to the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali, “resolutions” require both effort and commitment.
The Sutras outline five aspects of effort and commitment. The first being Shraddha translated as faith. This isn’t a blind faith but a deep inner knowing based on experience. We know through practice that breathing deeply calms the body and mind so when emotions rise up, we breathe in this way, to illicit the desired response. Shradda is an intuitive inner knowing that allows us to move confidently forward in the direction of our dreams.
The second is Virya, energy. A positive energy which propels you forward. It is necessary to take action, to commit energy in the direction of our goals. To experience true joy and contentment, however, one must act without attachment to the outcome. Attachment to outcomes, goals, and plans cannot bring true happiness. If we are unable to reach a goal we become deflated. But even if we attain the goal we set, the joy is often fleeting and then replaced with the next goal to attain. If we act with commitment and effort remaining unattached to outcomes we move in the direction of greater joy simply by moving in the direction that we know we need to move.
The third is Smriti, a remembrance, mindfulness. As we move forward through life our past becomes a story we tell full of justifications and emotional attachments. Again it is important to remain unattached to our story. Instead a simple remembrance, a noticing in the moment. Taking note of experiences and effects in the body and life and then letting them pass through making room for new ones. Noticing, learning from our past and moving on.
The fourth is Samadhi, oneness of all things. All life is animated with the same spark, flame, current of life. We can see it in our pulse, breath, the tides, pulsation of seasonal growth, rhythm in music, movement of insects and birds... When this is truly understood then an individual’s success is the success of all and an individual’s failure is the failure of all (sit with that one for a while!).
Finally the fifth aspect of effort and commitment is Prajna, pursuit of higher knowledge, wisdom. Know that any endeavor undertaken has something to be learned, a greater understanding of the world or self.
If you would like to join Sarah at her Wednesday night yoga class (6:00 -7:20pm at the Fitness Studio) please call 604-947-2216 or register online at www.bowencommunityrecreation.com. In all that we do in 2014 - may we all find Joy in the midst of our efforts and commitments.