What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 133 - Shift from "I deserve" to "I offer" the world

It is my day off from my yoga practice.  I feel like there is a lot to reflect on from the week.  My mind has been very focused and accepting of where I am this week and today.  I have a lot going on, but do not feel overwhelmed or stressed out.  I am feeling a lot more like I have complete control over my life, but also accept the choices I made to put me on the path I am on.  I am exactly where I am supposed to be.  Life is good.

The world puts a lot of weight on our shoulders.  I often wonder why it does this.  I often wonder why we accept it.  There is a lot of pressure put onto us in our society.  A lot of "bad things" happen to us.  The more "bad things" that happen the more weight that can be added.  We start to say things like "I deserve this"  I am finding that the thought process like "I want, I need, or I deserve" are the thoughts that add to this weight.  Thoughts like "I give, I offer, or you deserve" are words that take off the weight.  This is a hard concept to accept or come by when "bad things" continue to happen to you.

What if there were no "bad things" and these were nothing but lessons in life.   There are so many situations in life.  The homeless man who deserves a home.  The man who lives in a mansion who deserves a wife that does not treat him bad.  The woman who works 22 hours a day who deserves a vacation.  Do we snap when we all of a sudden realize "we do not deserve this."  At what point does this idea of "I deserve" come into our mind?

Here's where it gets tricky.  A lot of us have thoughts like "I give therefor I deserve."  I was once trapped in this world.  I was shocked after all the things that I gave, that people could act "badly" towards me.   I think for me this was my breaking point.  These are not the thoughts that will help relieve some of my stress and weight of the world.  This is still "I deserve"  At this point I could have held on and enforce feelings of resentment, hatred, and anger.  Instead, I started to look for acts that were truly just giving.  I stopped and thought of the acts where I gave to people because I truly wanted to give or was it because I want others to see my generosity.  I became honest with myself and started to drop what other people thought.  My giving started to eat away the ego or the idea of "I deserve."

We are looking into shootings at schools and movie theaters, and telling ourselves we need to beef up security.  We need to figure out a way to defend against the evil in this world.  I look at our world as making a shift more towards the "I deserve" world.  People are deciding to take other's lives, because that shooter deserves more in their life.  They want, they need, they deserve.  People who commit these acts live in a world where the world owes them.  If you want to make a true change we need to make a shift towards "I owe the world."

Let down your defenses, open your hearts, and give to this world.  Go out today and do some type of act that is a giving act.  Give a homeless man change, give a stranger $5, help someone move in their house, or give a child your attention.  Do this act, but do not tell anyone else about it (not your spouse, best friend, or family member).  Keep doing this as your daily routine.

Be the change you want to see in the world, but do not expect the world to change.  If you are giving, do not be surprised when people take advantage of your generosity.  Do not expect the world to all start giving.  Do these things, because you believe they need to be done.

We are not going to make a quick shift from the world of greed, shootings, and inhuman acts.  It is up to us to stop the world of "I deserve" and start the world of "I offer."  Be patient, be real, and remember we are all growing.