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In every city around the world – Vancouver, Victoria , Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St Johns, or abroad in London, Greece, Bali, Thailand, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand, Hawaii – the average person will typically have more than 6,000 thoughts in a single day. If you divide that by the hours in a day, then this over 250 thoughts in any given hour.
I feel like most of those 6,000 thoughts get saved up for the end of the day. When I want to go to bed. Some nights I can’t sleep so I lie in bed actively thinking about almost everything.
One night, after a yoga teacher training, I told myself I needed to calm down, take a few deeps breaths, and clear my mind of all the crazy chatter from my daily life. I realized that thinking about the future and all the “what ifs” caused my mind to keep me up late at night.
But when I calmed down and focused on my breath, my entire body to reach a place of peace and fall asleep almost instantly.
Very much like me trying to fall asleep at night, enlightenment clears the mind of any external objects. Doing that allows me to become present and find peace and serenity. You clear your mind chatter and focus on the breath to be present in the now.
“Take time to do something just for you” A friend and I always repeat this phrase to each other, and it is a phrase that unconsciously runs through my mind, repeated multiple times throughout the day.
Doing something for myself can be something as simple as stopping by for coffee. Or on my way home from the grocery store treating myself to a massage at the spa.
In these moments I forget everything. I allow myself to close my eyes for a second, take a deep breath, and truly enjoy the environment around me.
Taking these few moments for myself during the week allows my mind and body to feel free with purified energy. It is time I take to clear the negative noise from my mind and create space for the positive.
Within 2 minutes of picking up our phones, we can find out what’s going on at any given time almost anywhere in the world.
Society has become programmed to believe this is what we need. We are absorbed in always trying to find out what is going on everywhere else, we have the need to try to find answers for life’s most simple situations.
Yoga and Enlightenment teach us the opposite; becoming present and aware in the present to become enlightened with the most minimal amount of information.
Actually, almost no information. Practicing yoga has taken me into a deeper state of becoming present in the now. Shutting off all my senses and detaching my body and mind from the external world. It is a flowing movement of meditation to find enlightenment.