Yoga for the Mind: Passion is Energy

How to make the magic doors fly open!

Exploring Energy - Week 6

Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.  Oprah Winfrey

The key aspect: Accept yourself! This is a magic tool for unleashing the energy and power of passion and doors start to fly open!

The last sentence of last weeks session - by T.D. Jakes - was: "Your passion will lead you right into your purpose" and the full quote goes: "If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." This is the best energizer ever - your passion leading you into your purpose!

The best spoiler ever though is when we look to others and the outside world for confirmation about what we have found and what excites us and what feels like our calling, our purpose, our passion...

No one will ever be able to feel exactly the same about what we are feeling, so it can be confusing and dangerous to look for verification elsewhere.

We might end up not following our passion or calling because of what others think about it. Therefore the most important skill for being able to fully utilize the energy of passion is: Believe in yourself! Reassure yourself that you fully believe in yourself and promise yourself to follow your heart, your passion, BEFORE you listen to feedback, and grant others a chance to have a say along the way. It will make all the difference for not making ourselves dependent on the opinion of others - while staying open for what they have to say.

One of the most natural things, one would assume, to be yourself and accept yourself, seems to be the most difficult thing to do after all for so many. Most of us would rather run around and please everyone else in exchange for acceptance, while risking to lose ourselves in that never-ending chase.

What do we need to end that addiction to the likes provided or not granted by others? Connection is the answer - connection to ourselves. Knowing who we are - beyond our roles, status, professions, partners, families, friends, anything we utilize to identify with. Beyond all these layers of identity - who are you?

We might end up not following our passion or calling because of what others think about it. Therefore the most important skill for being able to fully utilize the energy of passion is: Believe in yourself!

As the Sufi prophet Rumi puts it: "You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop." Knowing that all we need we already have inside of us is ALL we truly need to know. And when we know what excites us, we just need to focus on just that - and the energy of passion will unfold its potential and power!

The backbends, our main focus this term, help us to open up in new ways. It can be frightening at times - which is a normal reaction to doing things differently as opposed to what we are used to, but just keeping our hearts open might be all that is needed to see the magic doors fly open too - when the time is right. As Francis of Assisi said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

 

TIP: More about how to see the magic doors fly open in the blog post next week, November 30, 2019.

 

 

 

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