Samskara saksat karanat purvajati jnanam.
Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.”
~ Yoga Sutra III.18
Everyday I look forward to the little surprises that show up in my inbox. Of course, certain surprises are better than others; like the one that appeared this morning. My intuitive self tells me that I must share this wisdom with our readers and friends.
I hope you find a little bit of magic in the following post from my dear friends at Eugene Yoga in Eugene, Oregon. One of the most beautiful and extraordinary places I know. Magic really does happen in this little heaven on earth.
The Habit of Yoga
With the advent of a new year we often commit to breaking an old habit or creating a new one. I don’t consider myself an expert at too many things but I can say with conviction that I am an expert at creating a bad habit. I expertly smoked cigarettes (more than a pack a day!) for over 23 years. I stopped the habit 17 years ago so maybe that even makes me an expert at ending a habit? With that experience behind me, I humbly offer three things I learned about letting go of a habit.
First, we can outwit ourselves. No one knows us better then we know ourselves. Find the strategy that cuts through favorite excuses. Set the environment up to succeed. Second, let there be only one out. Life is unpredictable to say the least. Something unexpected will arise and could be the impetus for falling off the wagon. If we only have one out, and it’s a fairly outrageous scenario, chances are it will never come to pass. My excuse to have a cigarette was if I truly no longer minded dying of lung cancer, then I could smoke that cigarette. Next, cliché as it may sound, take it one day at a time, baby steps. Finally, understand that the habit serves a purpose. Usually our habit is a symptom, not the problem. Be willing to go deeper with self-discovery so that one negative habit is not replaced with another.
What does all this have to do with Yoga? Yoga is a wonderful option for replacing a habit that doesn’t serve us. While there is a vast array of definitions when it comes to understanding Yoga, all interpretations include the concept of practice; which means there is a commitment to cultivating a habit through action. If we want more Yoga in our lives we practice. How our practice is expressed is as varied as the options for defining Yoga.
May you find your own unique way of creating a Yoga habit. ~ Eugene Yoga
Go All The Way With Gusto & Grace!
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