Yoga for the Mind: Flow with whatever is happening

Let your mind be free

Feeling Centered - Week 9

Flow with whatever is happening. This is the ultimate, says Chuang Tzu. It is another way of saying 'resist nothing' as Eckhart Tolle and many others have emphasized. The moment we resist something flow stops and tension builds. The mind's vision is restricted, openness becomes almost impossible and we imprison ourselves with limiting beliefs. Our mind then ends up being everything but free.

'Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free.' says Chuang Tzu. So how do we flow with whatever is happening without losing ourselves in it? 'Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.' Chuang Tzu answers!

How can the mind be free when at the same time it is asked to accept whatever it is occupied with?

Yoga's answer is 'cultivating the opposites'. The moment thoughts of hatred enter our mind we can heal this by cultivating the opposite and deliberately choose thoughts of love, kindness, and compassion instead.

Applying this whenever something comes up that feels like it needs balancing in some way, because it has the potential of being a harmful thought, then deliberately applying the opposite type of thoughts can work wonders.

This way we have a powerful tool at hand for balancing ourselves while balancing our thoughts. Balancing our thoughts brings us back to feeling centered. All coins have two sides. This is easy to accept because we kind of know how true this is. Balancing our thoughts deliberately with opposite ones helps to find the good side of a coin again. Acceptance keeps us open to make these choices. In case we get stuck, but manage to free ourselves again, we act on that deeper knowing that balance always only is a thought away - this deep truth is profoundly centering.

Yoga's answer is 'cultivating the opposites'. The moment thoughts of hatred enter our mind we can heal this by cultivating the opposite and deliberately choose thoughts of love, kindness and compassion instead.

I am centered because I can accept that truth is so big, it contains all opposites, and when I keep my mind free and in the flow of what is happening, I will easily find ways to balance whatever needs balancing. I can stay centered with acceptance of what I am doing - in the knowing that this is the doorway to be able to find the good side of it.

Here is an invitation to take a minute to accept whatever needs acceptance in your life - acknowledge the necessity of acceptance in order to free your mind, get back into the flow of things and find the good side of the coin - and enjoy how empowering, centering and freeing this feels to take control of your approach in this way.

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Take 10 deep slow long deep breaths. Breathe in and say silently to yourself "I am free", breathe out saying, “I accept what is”.

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