Yoga In a World of Constant Change

Everything changes. It’s the way of the world.

If outer circumstances change in a way that don’t meet our expectations, then we become upset. If they do meet our personal dictates, then we’re happy. In essence, our happiness seems to depend on things outside of our locus of control. To make matters worse, we then go about trying to fix or “change” these things to make them fit our own personal agenda. We rant, rave, point our finger and blame. What we don’t realize is that, while it “feels so good” to project our thoughts and feelings, we are totally disempowering ourselves in the process. These outer distractions are pulling us each away from our inner center where the real power of change can and does occur. Distracted by the drama of the world, nothing gets better because we are missing the point, trying to establish meaning and betterment where it can’t be had.

What if the outer drama was pulling you away from the inner source of peace, creativity and joy? Would you be willing to let this happen?

 

The Yoga Sutras tell us the obstacles lies not in the world outside of us, but in our mind. Our eyes and ears tell us, “The problem is OUT there! Don’t look inside, stay focused on the outer.” What has this way of thinking ever gotten you? This (ego) part of the mind would rather we be “right” than happy and it will fight for it’s “rightness” regardless of the cost.

Attack and blame are the ego’s game, but it does not have to be yours.

Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He didn’t say, “Do the change you want to see in the world.” Just be. What if the desire (to have things other than they are) is the very thing making it worse? If you perceive conflict, is it not conflict that is made? What if accepting things as they are (a major stepping stone to discovering your true Nature) was necessary for any lasting improvement to occur in the world? Don’t we reap what we sow? If you see conflict, conflict is what you get. If you see confusion, confusion is what you get. If you see peace, peace is what you get. Our yoga is to take back our power and “see” the inner obstacle as a distraction to true Self and the joy and peace that comes with it.

It take’s practice but it’s worth it!

10 comments on “Yoga In a World of Constant Change

  1. Thank you, Jeff. Your message is well timed and touches my heart. Every time I enter Yoga Loft and attend a class I feel love and peace fill me and surround me. Taking those feelings off my mat and out into the world is a so much better way to BE.

  2. Hi Jeff, wonderful piece. Thanks for writing it.

    But what about the Gita? Krishna advises Arjuna that it is his duty to take action to combat evil when it arises. How do you see this balancing with the idea of not being swayed by external circumstances?

  3. Hey Jeff,

    Thanks for your article on change. I found it very helpful and I know that I will be reading it several times a week for the next several years.

    Your words remind me of Ying, Yang and Yoke. Just sayin’ !????

  4. Thank you Eileen! I added a Satsang on Sunday’s at 10:10…I hope you can make it. We’ll yoke together 🙂

  5. Hey Scott! Thanks for your comment. The Gita plays out in Arjuna’s mind. It’s poetry. It is a story we all share which is what makes it timeless. The battle is the one we all fight in our minds and because it is so painful, we project it out and make the problem outside of ourselves. We then try to fix the problem where it is not. What Krishna or love, or the already healed part of the mind, is trying to tell young Arjuna, is that he must not retreat from it, in mind or in form, but embrace it as a learning opportunity to heal his own mind. The battle is “fought” with his cousins and relatives. Are we not all brothers and sisters? Children of God? The evil that must be “fought” (through forgiveness) is the evil that seems to exist in our own minds, not the one that seems to appear outside of ourselves. It is the direct path to the healed mind…the source of absolute peace and the joy that comes with it. From there we are guided, by love, to “go out” into the world and extend our healed nature to all. There is no time like the present to practice. To teach peace is to demonstrate it, first to oneself, then automatically to others. It’s the only way the world will ever heal.

  6. Thank you Cindy. When we heal ourselves, we heal for all. If we are truly one, it must be so. 🙂

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