If you have read the book The Helpor seen the movie you know that “You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important” is a memorable line. (and yes, it sounds strange with incorrect grammar)
Aibileen, the maid, knows that what we are taught to believe about ourselves affects who we become. How we shape our mind, our heart, and our soul . Aibilieen tells Mae over and over again: “You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important"
She acknowledge that she`s already have a good heart.
She acknowledge that she already are intellligent.
She acknowledge that she has the attitude it takes to move mountains. That she is precious. From inside out.
So, lets go there.....
Repeat to yourself, tell the lady in the grocery store, the bus driver, the barista... ( you don´t need to say it out loud. Feel it. )
I`m into sanskrit terms for the moment. Especially after radical study and exploration of body mind inside out at Bali. Shraddha is a trust in yourself that you are moving in the right direction. It is a feeling of confidence in your intuition to guide you.
A totally wholehearted belief. The belief which take you over to the other side. November is half done ;)
śraddhāmayo 'yaḿ puruṣo
yo yacchraddhaḥ saevasaḥ
Faith is in accordance with the truth(nature)of each. Arjuna. Man is made of faith. Whatever faith he has, thus he is.
In the darkest November it´s time to find the fire. Without burning out the flame. Finding this beautiful balance we are longing for. Do your practice. Find your way to obtain your own strength. Your Virya( click and read) Take responsibility for your practice. The truth is - we have more power than we ever could imagine. Be honest. Be brave. Be bold to yourself and others. Be compassionate. Give. Love. Believe. And let`s recieve.
I love this fable from Ethiopia. It comes in many variations. Usually much longer than this one I`ll share with you. It is called:
The lion's whisker.
A womanwent tothe wizard in her villlage "My little stepsonhatesme,"she said. Can you help meto winhis love? The wizardreplied : " Maybe- but then you mustobtainthreewhiskersfroma lion" "That isimpossible!!"the woman said, and went home. Butin the eveningshe went to the desert with a piece of meat and placed it there. Waiting for the lion. Hiding. The lion came andshe saw hpw he ate it and went away again. Day after day thedayshe came backwith meat,and stayedcloser and closer. Finally,thelion atefrom her hand.
One day she put out her hand and picked three golden hairs from its whiskers Triumphing she smilde and said to the wizard: "Here they are!" Hetook themand dropped theminto the fire. "What are you doing?" the woman screamed. "For those who are brave enough to geta lionwhiskersneed nomagic"he replied. "Itis inyour own powerto achievewhat you want."
En kvinna gick till byns trollkarl.
”Min lille styvson avskyr mig” sa hon.
Kan du hjälpa mig att vinna hans kärlek?”
Trollkarlen svarade att han kanske kunde, men då måste hon skaffa fram tre morrhår från ett lejon. ”Det är omöjligt” sade kvinnan och gick. Men på kvällen bar hon ut ett köttstycke och lade i öknen. Sen såg hon på avstånd hur ett lejon fann det.
Dag efter dag dag kom hon tillbaka med kött, och stannade allt närmre.
Till sist åt lejonet ur hennes hand. Då ryckte hon loss tre morrhår och gick till trollkarlen.
”Här är de!” jublade hon.
Han tog dem och slängde dem i elden.
”Varför gör du så?” skrek hon.
”För att den som hämtar ett lejons morrhår behöver ingen magi” svarade han.
”Det står i din egen kraft att nå det du vill”.
In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra 2:5 you can read about Avidya which means spiritual ignorance.
Or ignorance of the truth of what we are. Avidya is all our belief structures, a deep habit of consciousness.
I read an article by Sally Kempton - Who do you think you are? (click and read)
where she discusses the yogic concept of
avidya. "vidya" means "seeing" or "wisdom" or "knowledge" in Sanskrit;
The prefix "a" indicates a lack or
Avidya then, means lack of wisdom/knowledge, or the inability to
Asana (the yoga postures) is a tiny piece of our yoga.
A tip of The Yoga Iceberg
It is easy to crave and indulge in all the brilliant asanas.
Or to reach for that last flexibility. Or believe that I am this or I am that = avidya.
You can´t be good at yoga.
But maybe you can live as a good yogi or yogini. Your way.
When the fact is that´s so much more to explore. To study. To be part of. To feel.
It doesn`t mean we stop practice asana.
But maybe reach a deeper level of our practice.
How can we stop clinging?
The body today is not the same as yesterday. Or a year ago.
It is only now.
Maybe we learn from an injury. Or something else.
It´s an ocean down there and it is so darn beautiful.
Asana is one of the pieces in the Yoga Puzzle.
You can build more,