Yoga for the Mind: A Mind at Peace

How being at peace can overcome everything...

Feeling Centered - Week 10

Why would we be focused on harming others anyways? Sounds a crazy thing to do, but our mind - when we allow our ego to rule it - can come up with all sorts of crazy stuff. Maybe our ego tries to convince us that harming others is the only way of getting ourselves ahead or we get confused with the means of how to improve ourselves,  or with a situation or circumstances, and choose a negative means instead of a positive one.

'A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.' says Wayne Dyer and this is a super strong assertion. How come that a mind at peace can be the strongest force in the universe when it is common

belief that one has to fight for what one wants, to overcome any perceived evil, or even to support a good cause? The classic story almost always is a version of fighting against an enemy... replicated, re-enacted, reiterated, and perpetuated a thousandfold.

In Chapter 1, Verse 2 of the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali it is laid out what Yoga is all about: Yoga chitta vritti nirodhah - Yoga is restraining the mind from taking various forms. In short, this means that ACTIVITY is the manifestation of the lower strength, and CALMNESS is the manifestation of superior strength.

Everybody can let loose, but who is able to contain themselves in situations of challenge?

The interesting aspect here is that anything we do, comes back to us - as the old adage tells us: What goes around, comes around. Any harmful thought towards others will ultimately backfire.

Yoga chitta vritti nirodhah - Yoga is restraining the mind from taking various forms. In short this means that ACTIVITY is the manifestation of the lower strength, and CALMNESS is the manifestation of the superior strength.

Calmness and strength exercised by containing ourselves, our mind, in situations of challenge will reverberate as well. That's why this is so super beneficial for yourself and others - you turn something bad into something good in the present moment, in the here and now, which paves the way for a peaceful and beneficial future too - this is where true strength can be found.

Here is an invitation to take a minute to examine your own restraining power - are you in control of your mind in situations of challenge - or are you quick to let rip? What could be gained by 'restraining the mind from taking various forms'? What would it feel like to be able to maintain peace of mind - no matter what is going on around you?

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Take 10 deep slow long smooth breaths. Breathe in and say silently to yourself "I am at peace" - breathe out saying “I let go of tension”.

Banks Peninsula Track, South Island, Section 2, Flea Bay to Stony Bay, 8 km, up and down along the coast, 2 - 4 hours

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