Also shapes the direction of your life.
Truth, good or bad, we are prone to follow our hearts. We were created to love and to have passion for things and people. We also are wanderers from truth. We seek pleasures from worldly things and we are all human, this is the norm. To be all honest, my biggest and longest affair with any earthly thing would be yoga. This practice always makes me feel better, there is a safety there for me and I miss it when I am not in class or for some reason cannot practice. Years ago I studied the sutras and I could not find what I needed from them at the time but over the years I find myself falling back into them. My favorite and most useful and hardest to explain is the ability to find non attachment. This is a practice all in itself: to be able to not expect anything from actions, to be alright with whatever happens, to just notice things and let them go. This is a powerful tool to have especially during this time. We are seeing a lot of things that bring fear to our hearts. There is a battle going on and the enmity is invisible. The best thing for everyone to do is stay home and stay away from other people. How do we detach from this fear that is always in the minds of our friends, our family?
We have to begin by observing our thoughts, noticing what is coming into our minds. The next thought you have, hold it and examine it. How does it make you feel? Is it useful for the greater good: of your spirit, of your happiness, of your wellbeing? If it is not useful and it does not bring a comfort then it needs to be removed and replaced. It is not serving you.
One of the easiest practices to start with is to eat an apple. Starting with washing it. As you run the cold water over the Apple, notice how the Apple feels, notice how the water feels. Take your time. After the Apple is clean, dry it off, slowly and still noticing. If you have an Apple slicer, place it on top of the Apple and instead of pushing down hard and fast, go slow, listen to the sound, smell the scent of the Apple being sliced, use all of your senses. After carefully removing the Apple from the slicer. Look at the Apple, notice the color, texture. Pick up a slice and hold it, notice it, close your eyes and take a bite. Hear the sound of the bite, taste the juices as you chew, notice how it feels in your mouth. Swallow and repeat.
This is the same thing with our thoughts without the physical touching, smelling, tasting etc. It is a practice of just noticing. To slow down, to notice and correct.
I hope you enjoy this slice of mindfulness practice! I hope you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and taste buds!
Much Love 💜 Much Life