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.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 263 - You are already a successful person.

I went to Dharma Yoga Level 3 at Orlando Power Yoga.  I really have been feeling good since I have gotten back from my trip in Thailand.  I feel as if I have activated new muscles that I have never used before.  I feel much more fit, stronger, and more balanced.

Emotionally I am in a very level and in a happy place right now.  I have had a few people ask me if I was sad yesterday because of my blog.  I am the complete opposite.  I am very happy.  The post yesterday was more about an idea that my thoughts can snag me and lead me towards a sad and depressing place.  I have come to a place in my life where I can recognize these thoughts and excuse them as things in the past.  I was just reflecting on how easy it is for me to use things inside my head and let them lead me into a sad, depressed, or even a happy state.  Today though I am not extremely happy or extremely sad.  I just am.

I am extremely grateful for all my friends and family in my life.  I also have found a sense of gratitude that I am a self sustaining being who is emotionally stable.  I love and admire people, but realize that I am a happy individual in the absense of others.  I can create joy in most situations.

We look so hard at our external environment.  We start defining success as the the amount of money we raise, the number of children we have, the size of our house, the number of friends we have on Facebook.  This is an endless search.  Once you get $100 you need $1,000.  Once you get 100 Facebook friends you need 500.  I have had fallen into all of these traps.  We blame others for our lack of happiness or lack of fulfillment in our life, or we continue to say I will be happy once I receive something.  We continue to guide ourselves further and further from our true self.  We become reliant on others or things to control our emotions.  I know people so blinded by this sense of the external search.  Talking to them would be pointless.  They would not understand.  This is not my path.

I am not saying sell all your belongings and move into a cardboard box, but chances are you have everything to make you happy.  It is as simple as practicing dropping that need and desire for more.  Not for the sake to build your ego, but rather because you do not need it to find the happiness.  Dropping $100 on a new pair of shoes?  Why not give it to some guy on the street?   Chances are your 50th pair of shoes is not as important as the 1 pair they have on their feet.

I am looking deeper inside my soul to find out more of who I am and how I can give back to the universe.