One of my favorite mantras: Begin Again. So simple. So non-judgmental. Start something then stop? Begin again. No need to over think anything. Just begin again.
I have some athletic accomplishments in my history. But its been a while, like 2-3 years. And here is the thing with me, I am not a naturally fast runner or cyclist. I can become fast with hard work and consistency but I am not no-training-hop-off-the-couch-and-go fast. I truly have to work hard, and it’s painful. Painful in a good way when I am done with a hard workout, but it takes serious motivation to work that hard.
I bring this up because I have been feeling the call to physically work that hard again. To put myself through the ups and downs and resistance-surmounting required to achieve athletic goals. But, here is the thing, I have to start at the beginning. I have significant ground to cover and I am not any younger this time around.
Yesterday, I did my first speed workout (running) in a couple of years. I was so scared before I started that I was shaking. Which is RIDICULOUS, by the way. And I thought to myself, begin again. It is time. Begin again.
And that is the magic. It works for everything. Did you stop your mediation practice? Begin again. In the middle of meditation did you hop on a train of distracting thoughts and catch yourself? Let the thoughts go and begin again. Were you eating healthfully and lose track? Begin again. Has a relationship fallen away that you would like back in your life? Begin again.
I think that is a sentence used in sobriety circles and it resonates with me. In Yoga, the self-study part of Yoga I mean. (Not the putting your body into shapes part, although there is a good amount of self-study when you put your body in shapes.) In Yoga, I see how much I am carrying around that doesn’t serve me. Thoughts that are a complete and repetitive waste of time, fear of things that will never happen, attachments. So many attachments. My endless micro-management of time. How much do I gain if I stop with all the mental and emotional nonsense? Truly, if I used my boundless energy on creations and things I love instead of all that, how much more joyful would I be? The self-observation part of Yoga is a fundamental requirement for awakening. And it has a spontaneous corrective power. I see the road getting narrower, so I have to let go. Just to keep going.
As we let go, that is where expansion comes.
In Yoga, we spend some of our time in relaxed attention and some of our time in stressful attention. This gives us opportunity to weed out our programming, programming from our families, programming from sales and advertising we are exposed to, programming from deeply grooved habit patterns we have formed for ourselves. We do it very forcefully in Kundalini Kriyas. In one series of Kriyas, we can trigger our programming to reveal itself, observe it, experience it, learn from it, and walk away from class able to have a vaster experience in life because we transcend the programming and don’t carry it around with us.
Energy Medicine Yoga uses the Ancient Chinese Medicine 5 Element Theory as foundation. The 5 elements are a cycle, or wheel. The last element is Metal which is the element of letting go. It is a powerful, juicy element. I feel lighter and more expansive by just saying the two words. LET GO
Blaine Wilkes is the owner of Yoga Hive Colorado, and writes inspirational musings for our newsletter, which we post here, along with upcoming trainings and workshops. To filter, navigate using the links above to see the category you're interested in. If you have questions, or wish to get in touch with Blaine, drop in to a class, or connect online: