We’re always one thought away from a nicer feeling; if you can find that one thought. Sydney Banks
I had an interesting insight in Yoga tonight. At first I felt uncomfortable, thinking how much I didn’t want to be there but feeling as though I had to be because it was good for me. I wasn’t into it at all, my mind and body were elsewhere. I couldn’t wait to get home and tend to the long list of tasks that were on my mind, pestering me to get them done.
Then, all of a sudden, like a bolt of lightening, I realized that all these thoughts that were plaguing my mind were my own creation and I could accept them or dismiss them.
Another bolt of lightening and they were gone. The next moment I felt flooded with gratitude for being able to have this time alone on my yoga mat listening to my teacher’s instruction accompanied by soothing music in the background.
What could be better than to “be here now” to use an old cliche popularized by Richard Alpert’s book by that name. I felt grateful for so much in the next moments; for the ability to take this class, for the ability to move my body into the various postures, and for the ability to let go of any desire to judge myself.
I did not plant those thoughts in my mind, they simply came to me as a result of letting go of the negative thoughts. I cleared my mind enough for higher quality thoughts to enter in. I wonder now, how long my inner turmoil would have lasted had I not known about the three principles that teach us about the fleeting nature of thought and that we can harness that natural capacity once we know how it works.