« You don’t see things as they are, you see things as you are » Anais Nin.

 

The pure mind in it’s true nature is like a still lake;

it perfectly reflects its environment, the trees, the moon, the stars…

Reality as it is.

Thoughts are like stones thrown into this lake, they create ripples and disturb the tranquillity of the still water. They destroy the reflection of reality.

We don’t see clearly any longer.

 

The thought ripples are pulling us away from the present. We get involved with our inner dialogue, identifying with our past experiences, and what we tell ourselves on a daily basis.

Thought patterns get stronger as we feed them by listening to them, by getting involved with their content, making them real whereas they are only statements, judgments, ideas, impressions that became tendencies over time… illusions.

We live in a dream of past and future, a land of thoughts, becoming blind and separated from life, disconnected from the now.

 

« Yogaschitta Vritti Nirodhah » Patanjali, Yoga Sutras.

Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind.

 

The Yogic technics work on re-educating the mind, bringing it back to its true nature which a state of non separation, creating the road towards freedom from suffering.

Yoga (from the Sanskrit « Yuj ») means to bind, to hold, to unite. It refers to a state of balance and harmony between the internal and the external, between consciousness and manifestation.

When things are constantly moving, our world always changing, our mind unstable and erratic, the breath is always there, it’s our link to reality, to the present.

This is where we can bring our attention back to, using it as a focal point.

Staying focused on the breath is the starting point of transformation, we step aside of the thinking mind.

Where we put our attention onto gets reinforced.

As we cultivate awareness and presence to the breath, thought patterns loose their strength: they are no longer getting fed.

 

Our mind is a terrorist.

As we sit for pranayama, meditation or practice asana, with this wish for an undivided attention, thoughts continue to arise, and before we know, again we get involved with their content.

Yoga teaches us to acknowledge those thoughts for what they are, not fighting against them or trying to push them away, but letting them come and go, and constantly coming back to the breath, refocusing.

The root cause of our suffering is identification with our thought patterns, holding on to our emotions, grasping, getting involved with this inner dialogue, adding some more to those stories we create within.

Sadness, anger, joy, jealousy, fear… nothing is permanent, we just have to step aside, letting it come, letting it go.

 

Yoga happens out of the mat, in the daily life. This is where we test our metal.

As soon as we get overwhelmed, stressed out, challenged in our ability to stay centred and balanced, the breath is there, and we can come back to it.

A few seconds of full awareness on the breath, is truly therapeutic.

Feeling our own breath is coming back to the present, to this inner stillness that lies within each one of us.

Becoming mindful, just by being fully present to whatever we do (walking, eating, writing, talking…), just for a few seconds and a few times in a day, leads to deep changes in our mental structure.

When we are in the present, we begin to see reality as it is, we develop the ability to act instead of reacting.

We are coming back to our full potential.