Yoga teaches me to look at my shit and be okay with it.
We’re always gonna have issues, or as one of my favorite teachers Laura Benton refers to as, “shit”. These main themes in our lives emerge as cycles, pointing to us saying "Here is an opportunity to learn and grow.” She also said something I will always remember. She said as we waded through the waves on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico “The shit will always be there. We’ll just get different perspectives as we circle around it over time.”
In my mind I envisioned a labyrinth with poo in the center. Sometimes I see it up close, sometimes from far away. I also see it from different perspectives, with the light from the east, sometimes from the west. And sometimes I even turn my back to it, knowing it’s there by smell, and also knowing I’ve tended to it enough so that it’s not increasing in girth.
“The shits” are recurring patterns or cycles that emerge from time to time. If we’re aware enough, we can recognize that this has probably happened before under different circumstances. We may think “why is this always happening to me?” Well, often our attention and focus create or draw the cycles to us. Each time, we have the opportunity to see the patterns from a different perspective. When we work through the pattern in a way that feels nourishing and sustainable, the pattern won’t emerge as often or as intensely in the future.
These recurring patterns can become problematic when they aren’t looked at and tended to regularly. This is where yoga and meditation come in. They are the salve on the wound showing us the end and beginning of a cycle, and how to better navigate both inner and outer conflict. The result is better boundaries and fewer burned bridges.
MahanKirn Khalsa, teacher and Sat Nam Rasayan healer, said, “There are thousands of meditations available to you. Pick one. And do that one.”
It’s so simple. There are so many meditation resources available to us. Pick a meditation, do it everyday, see your shit in the light, start the process of release and be free from moving from drama to drama.
The difference between history and baggage is that history is an issue recognized and processed, baggage is an unprocessed history that inhibits us from moving forward in life and accessing what we truly want. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna be no bag lady.
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!