After I finish my yoga ritual every day I journal my thoughts. The other evening as the sun was setting the word “shed” (verb) was prominent in my mind.
I thought about how interesting it is that we are shedding all the time. Our hair and skin are shedding and renewing continuously. The cells in our body are shedding and renewing. Like it or not, these functions happen automatically to keep us alive and healthy. We don’t fight this autonomous shedding process. It simply is as it is.
Yet, have you noticed how we fight like crazy to hold onto emotions and feelings that no longer serve us? Fear often stops us from shedding these parts of our selves. Perhaps we are afraid to shed these because to bring them forth, embrace them and let them go can be traumatic. Or perhaps we fear we won’t recognise ourselves if we shed them for they have been a part of us for so long.
Letting go is not easy. If it were we would all be walking around totally committed to the present moment. But we have to make a conscious choice to want to change. Making this conscious choice is the first step in shedding the past so that we can step into the power of who we are meant to be right now. We cannot be open to new possibilities if we are constantly rehashing past emotions and feelings, past wrongs and mistakes.
How to start the shedding process
Shedding the unwanted won’t happen overnight. It is a process, a journey that we choose to commit to. Yoga, and yoga as a therapeutic application, is a brilliant place to start. When we practice asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), mudras (gestures), meditation, mantras and chanting, we are in the present moment. The breath is the secret to being present during the physical aspects of yoga. The breath is the secret to being present during meditation. When we are mindful and aware, we can only be present. For rehashing the past is useless as it cannot be changed, and stressing over the future is pointless as we have no idea what will happen.
We can commit to a regular practice that includes one or more of the tools of yoga listed above. We can take those first steps to shedding what no longer serves any purpose to us by focusing on our breath instead of the stream of chatter when it appears.
To help you commit to a daily practice I have some tools that you can utilise straight away. Click on my home page here, scroll down near the end of the page to access 4 free meditations that you can listen to at any time.
Oh, and remember – every Wednesday at 12.30pm I run a free meditation and mudra session for 25 minutes. No need to register, simply turn up. The Zoom link and further information is available here.
Always remember to be kind to yourself and allow yourself time to change.
If you feel you need immediate or urgent emotional or mental health support please contact the wonderful and dedicated folks at Lifeline on 13-11-14.
Om Shanti ~ Om Peace