The Greatest Key to Inner Peace

Have you ever seen a cat who didn’t want to go into its carrier? Even if it is sick or injured, it can thrash and fight those who are trying to get it to the vet. Sometimes, we are like cats. We may struggle against what we really need. To find inner peace, we need to look at how we resist it. Nature’s guidance is always available to us. But if we are unwilling, we miss it. Willingness is the third, and most powerful, of the three great keys that unlock Nature’s wisdom for us.

If the opposite of being open to the moment is judging it, and the opposite of being ready for what is is being defensive or absent, then the opposite of willingness is being in resistance. Many of us go through our lives in resistance, not liking what the present brings and trying to impose our own agendas or beliefs on it. Even when we say we want change, we may be deeply afraid of it. Holding on to old patterns in our hearts, minds and actions, we don’t truly show up for the moment as it is. Then we find ourselves in the same situations over and over again, without the transformation we had anticipated.

When you are unwilling to be present with what is, you perpetuate a feeling of dissatisfaction, and pain grows. By resisting what is, you create a push/pull dynamic in which you divorce yourself from your true nature and source of power: being a co-creative participant within the whole. Feeling separate and mistakenly thinking you are the one doing everything, you become frustrated, feel alone and experience a roller coaster of highs and lows from conquest to defeat. This cycle is draining and does not serve anyone.

Change arises from a place of active beingness within you. When you release resistance and are willing to open to the moment as it is, with all its shapes, sizes and colours, you discover the richness of life, where change is taking place. In every moment, there is a spark that guides you along your next evolutionary step, perfectly created just for you by Nature in a loving universe.

The Gift of Willingness

Nature is always with you. You can access its support when you are willing to ask, and willing to receive. Yet it cannot help you if you are closed. If you would like to change, but you keep doing the same thing, you will get the same results. Sometimes, you might not want to admit you’re unwilling. You might be afraid it makes you “bad” and undeserving of love or grace. This is not the case. You are inherently worthy. Your unwillingness does not change that. It just keeps you from perceiving or receiving the full gifts available to you.

Nature’s guidance is not about your own agenda, but about whatever is in harmony with the whole. When you live in alignment with Nature, you discover that its agenda is your deepest joy. If you focus on the rain of not getting what you want, you miss the rainbow of the grace that always is.

Open, Ready and Willing to Walk Through the Door

True willingness is fully letting go of all that you think you know. When you understand that you don’t have everything figured out, you surrender to the bigger picture. Openness helps you realize this. Readiness prepares you to change. Willingness walks through the door into a new way of being.

This week, consider the following:
• In what areas of my life am I practicing willingness?
• In what areas am I still in resistance?
• What beliefs underlie my resistance?
• Are they real? Are you sure?
• This week, in what areas of my life will I practice willingness?

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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