Change Your Life by Changing the Way You See the World

A few weeks ago, I was buying my groceries at a local shop when the cashier said to me, “How is the day treating you?” My reply was, “You mean how am I treating the day?”, to which he said, “Now, you know what’s going on!”

Similarly, I love the late Wayne Dyer’s quote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It is so true.

During this holiday time in our “Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary” workshop, we have been exploring the ways we can choose to perceive life, how that affects our inner peace, and how that ultimately affects our world. There are two primary lenses through which we can see life: positive possibilities and impossibilities. Today, we will touch upon what life looks like in the impossibilities so that you may notice them and recalibrate your perspective to inner peace as we move into the new year.

Last week, we considered the expansive and loving nature of positive possibilities. Being in the impossibilities, however, is like living life in a box, whose walls are built of fear and disconnect. The ruler of that domain is a distorted sense of self based on struggle, wanting, and the illusion of being separate from the world around you. This impostor self is determined to manipulate reality to suit its belief that there is no love, that you are neither loved nor welcome on the planet.

Impossibilities Are Not Real

The most important thing to understand about the impossibilities is that they are not real. How could the perception of disconnect be real when we are part of all of existence? The impossibilities are like an eddy stuck on the side of a beautiful, strong, flowing river. They swirl around within themselves, in an effort to self-perpetuate. In the impossibilities, you perceive daily events as against you. This is true even if you feel you have successfully battled to get what you want, as this type of “victory” is temporary. You experience life as an ongoing struggle, sustaining a sense of disconnect, loneliness and fear.

Consciousness stuck in the impossibilities is at the root of human suffering. Because you feel disconnected from love and therefore from life itself, you consciously or unconsciously attempt to show that the disconnect is real and necessary. Since the impossibilities are fueled by wanting, they are like a bottomless whirlpool. They keep you stuck, unhappy, and out of the experience of eternal love. You know you are in the impossibilities when you feel like that stuck eddy by the side of a river: out of flow. You feel tense, disconnected and fearful, even if you seem to have it all together on the surface.

The Way Out of Feeling Stuck

The only solution to the impossibilities is to awaken to the understanding that they are illusions, perpetuated by your own attachment to an erroneous perception of reality. For example, when you notice you feel unloved, challenge the impossibilities by asking yourself, “Is it true that I am unloved?” When you are open, ready and willing to understand the nature of reality, the answer becomes “No! The very essence of life itself is love. And I am of life. I am part of Nature. I too am the stuff that is Nature. I am connected to everything, everywhere, always. I am love!”

This week, I ask you to begin to notice and question any impossibilities tendencies in your life.
• What am I feeling right now? Do I feel expansive or constricted? Grounded or disconnected? Listless or vital?
• In what way may I be seeing the world through the lens of impossibilities?
• Am I willing to consider that this perspective is not real?
• What do I gain from holding on to that perception?
• Is it worth it?
• What do I gain in releasing it?
• Am I willing to open to the truth that I am unconditionally loved?

From my heart to yours,
Parvati

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
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Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
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