I feel that these last few classes have moved a lot of energy; a lot shifting has been happening, and a lot is being released. Yes, we are in the start of a new year and it's a good time to make changes, but we are also enter a new phase of humanity.
There are a lot of things that are affecting the global and individual psyche. For example, we hear a lot about the Mayan calendar ending this coming December. While we may have our doubts about its' importance, it still creates a ripple in the undercurrent of our minds and creates a certain level of uncertainty of what the future holds. We also are witnessing economic turmoil, and the usual concerns about climate changes, the erosion of the earth's eco-system, pollution, genetically modified foods, and so on. This is all on top of the usual day-to-day stresses we have of tending to our families and doing our daily work.
Whether we actively acknowledge them or not, we all have these little uncertainties floating around in our minds, those little "what-ifs?". Uncertainty is a horrible energy to live with as it leads to restless sleep, stress, and anxiety. It relates to the future, and because the future never happens the uncertainties keep renewing themselves. One day has passed, but an extra day of uncertainty has been added.
If we are not releasing in a healthy way the burdens of the day we will be overwhelmed by the pressure. When it becomes more than we can take we'll feel it in the body and in the mind. Nervous breakdown, depression, diseases, heart attacks, insomnia, alcoholism, drug addiction, and so forth, are all signs that we have not learned to cope with the stress of living in the modern world.
To keep up with the challenges that seem to be increasing day by day, we absolutely must recognize the value of meditation. It is no longer just a thing that yogis in the Himalayas do; it is now a technology necessary for survival. It is the means by which we can thrive. The beauty is that once you get beyond just surviving or coping by continued practice, the benefits of meditation keep increasing, bringing the adherent increasing health benefits, increasing clarity of mind, increasing inner peace, increasing vitality, and increasing longevity.
So, if you are starting to feel the pressures of life are weighing you down now is the time to get motivated! Each class is an opportunity to reset your nervous system, re-balance your brain, and shine the light of your soul! The combined benefits of yoga and meditation are unparalleled. There is no drug that can replace it.
Be blessed. Be Kind. Be groovy.