All of us, experience the ups and downs of life, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Food, thoughts, experiences, sight and sounds, all get translated and processed into our bodies. Sometimes we feel depressed, dull, or lifeless (tamas). Other times we are excited, irritable, manic, obsessive, destructive (rajas). And other times, we are peaceful, calm, content, and loving (sattvas). These are different states of being. They affect all of us at varying degrees. In yogic philosophy and ayurveda, the different states of being are called Gunas. The three different states of being, or Gunas, are Tamas (darkness), Rajas(activity), Sattvas (beingness).
Everything is always changing. Emotions are like waves. Sometimes the waves are angry rough and stormy. Sometimes the waves are little, playful and fun. And sometimes the waves are magical, and healing. But again, always changing.
Being a yogi helps us remember that nothing is permanent. We have the power to calm the mind, let the waves settle, connect to our higher selves and feel peace. Being a yogi doesn’t mean we are free from external drama and pain. We just learn ways to cope.
Sometimes I suffer from anxiety. I tend to worry. Alot. Sometimes the worry takes control and I panic. Through yoga and other healing practices, I have learned to deal with my anxiety. I close my eyes and and take deep rhythmic breaths through the nose. Try taking a deep inhale for 7 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds, and then exhale for 7 seconds. Do it three times. It works wonders. Breath has a direct impact on the nervous system. Breath has a direct impact on everything. The panic begins to fade.
Depression? Yeah, I get that too. (Who doesn’t?) But again, through yoga, we connect to a spiritual wisdom that begins to transform us. There are several books that help me grow and learn and heal. Inspired Thoughts, by Swami Rama, is one of them. Amazing from beginning to end.
Being a yogi, you still have the waves, but you learn how to tame the waves and you learn how to surf.
Hang Loose. Shaka Brah. ~T
**The photos were taken by my awesome son.**