From my experience, yoga helped me to find the stillness within me. The stillness, quietness of my mind where my perception is clear and not coloured by my thoughts, emotions or feelings. That doesn’t mean I stop thinking–because that’s how my mind works through thinking, but I get a different approach to my thoughts, emotions and feelings. I almost step back and watch them.
During our life, we gather all the data like a computer on how to live in this society. We are being programmed on what is right and what is wrong. What does it mean to be a man or a woman, what does it mean to be a good employee or a bad employee, and what does it mean to be a mother or a father for some of you. And in the 21st century, we are being bombarded with information every day and we get to information overload.
Do you have moments when you feel you are on the edge and you feel if someone tells you something more, you will explode? It’s because we are identifying ourselves with those concepts, thoughts and emotions and our life becomes chaotic.
Very often I feel like there is a tornado inside of my head, and yoga allows me to stay still in the middle of that chaos. Allows me to find the eye of the tornado, the still point where you can see everything flying around you and yet you are not affected. And that’s the freedom. You act and not react to the external world, and your perception of life is changing. And you feel happy and fulfilled. And isn’t that what we are all aiming for?
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