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
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