Our current lives are a culmination of our past thoughts. To see where you will be in the future, take inventory of the thoughts your mind dwells on today. Our lives are a culmination of that stuff that pops up in your mind while driving, washing dishes and holding yoga poses.
Many times these thoughts contradict our dreams and aspirations. For instance, we want to be rich but we are always worried about money. We want to be powerful but we are always talking about how wrongly we are treated. We want peace but we are constantly worried about war and terrorist attacks. Thoughts that contridict your dreams result in confusion and mixed outcomes. You win the lottery but blow it all in one year. You get the love you want but the person is married already. You finally learn how to do a split but tear your hamstring.
Our thoughts have to mirror our dreams. You have to figure out a way to see beyond your current situation and align yourself up with your dreams. Yoga teaches us that through discipline and perseverance our bodies and minds change. By happily working with our current situation, we are taking the steps to a new one. We don't ignore our present, we just don't dwell on it.
When thoughts pop up that don't affirm where you want to go:
- Watch them move through your mind like waves on a beach
- Find the positive flip side of the thought
- Practice thoughts of gratitude
- Breathe or do yoga
- Practice visualization
- Choose to feel good now
- Do something that brings you joy
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