• Thoughts on Yoga, Suffering and Relationships

    Posted on September 27, 2011 by in All Posts, Musings

    Do you ever find yourself telling someone off in your head?

    Ganesh tattoo design abstract by Adam FieldsOr that you're imagining a conversation you are going to have with someone who has hurt you where you finally get to put them in their place? Okay, maybe it's just me. But why is letting go, especially when it comes to relationships, so difficult sometimes?

    I think it is because these moments of challenge have something to teach us.

    Right now my inner spiritual warrior/punk rebel yogini is fighting my urge to be passive-aggressive (oh, how I want to formulate the perfect cutting text message) and reminding me of how grateful I am for my mindfulness practices, my commitment to something bigger than me and the ancient wisdom of yogis.

    So, I will not commit violence towards another with my words (yep, this includes text messages). I will not assume to know another's truth. I will act with awareness of a higher purpose and I will give thanks to the other person for being my teacher in this moment.

    Can you relate? I wish I could say that I am this mindful in all of my relationships and in every moment, but that is just not the case. I can say however that with practice, I am becoming less reactive and more intentional in my relationships.

    Becoming more aware of our interpersonal dynamics can be especially challenging and deep work but it provides a great opportunity for learning and a "real life" example of finding freedom from suffering. Yoga practice, meditation, studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (specifically Sadhana Pada and the 8 Limb Path) and the Bhagavad Gita are so helpful in this regard.

    To sum it up: Life is a really great teacher. You just have to pay attention.

    Feel free to share you're thoughts below! Oh, and speaking of punk rebel yoginis … what do you think of my Ganesh tattoo design in progess?

    Lots of Love,

    Lindsay

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4 Responsesso far.

  1. Arline says:

    I really inspire reading this kind of article..Thanks a lot for sharing this to us..

  2. Oh boy can I relate! Ahimsa in words is harder than I first thought when I learned about that yogic principle. Thanks for the reminder.

    Warmly,
    Anna VibrantHeartYoga.com

  3. Leslie says:

    This happens to me several (hundred?) times a day. Some days more!
    The key (for me) is in the breath. Breath it all in. Breath it all out. It's amazing how a moment or two of focussed breathing can help you let these kinds of things go.
    Namaste,
    Leslie.

  4. nikhil says:

    the ganesha tattoo design has been the best i have seen and they really bring out the words of leaonardo da vinci… "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"…

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