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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 262 - The Thought Worms

Today I originally planned on going to a Mysore class.   My body is pretty sore from pushing myself over the last two days.  My hips are extremely sore from pushing in a twist.  I have been thinking about the Yin and the Yang and decided I needed more of a gentle relaxing class.  So I ended up doing a nice meditative practice at home.

I was thinking abut how our thoughts catch our attention and we can be taken away from the present moment.  I started to compare this to a fish out of water.  Imagine you are a fish swimming in a lake.  You see so many tasty things to eat in the water.  Imagine you come across a worm with a hook on it.  The worm seems so inviting and interesting.  When you bite into the worm the hook dives deep inside of you and pulls you out of the water.  You can no longer breathe and you forget what it is like to be swimming back in your lake.

Now imagine you are thrown back into the water and you begin to heal.  You come across another worm.  You look at the worm with distrust and fear.  But not all worms have hooks in them.  How can you take the chance and once again taste the delicious worm?  How can you ensure that the worm will not grab onto you again and take you out of your lake?  You can choose not to take the chance, or you can swim around it all day carefully inspecting it.  You can also never learn anything in the first place and just chomp into any worm.

Now imagine that your fish is your conscience , and the worms are your thoughts.  There are several thought worms inside your head.  Many of these worms we choose to ignore or let pass on by.  Perhaps one of these thought worms has hooked you , yanked you out of your lake, and caused you to stop being.  All you can think of is how this thought worm tricked you.  How you wish you could breathe again, and be comfortable back in you lake (head).

Now you are thrown back into your lake where you once again try to find your original comfort. You are again surrounded by all these thought worms.  However, now all of them appear to have hooks in them.  How can you trust these worms are not going to harm you?  How can you find comfort in your lake.

You have the option to tuck them deep inside and fear them your entire life.  You can look heavily into every worm and inspect every angle to make sure there is no hook.  You have the option to ignore the fear and bite into every worm without learning anything from the past. 

The important thing to remember is your thoughts are just floating in your head. Some will hook you and drag you into a place where you may not want to be.  All they are, though are thoughts.  The best news is you are not a fish.  You have hands that give you the ability to take the worm and take it off the hook.  Then it is only you who decides if you want to hold on to the worm or throw it back into your lake.