“It doesn’t matter who you used to be, what matters is who you’ve become.” – Robert Tew
Clinging to how things once were doesn’t give room for change or development. How can we grow if we are stuck on who we used to be?
In yoga classes I like to teach about tapas, a Sanskrit term that means ‘to burn’ or ‘to purify’. Through asanas (yoga postures) we let go of old habits and patterns so that we can take in life in a new way and not see life in the old way.
There are a few asanas (yoga postures) that I personally have convinced myself that I am not physically able to do them. If gomukasana (cow facing pose) comes up in class I already count myself out of it. I accept that my hands don’t touch in that pose. By determining my present experience by my past I am limiting myself. In a class I took recently my teacher assisted me in this pose and to my surprise my hands touched. In that moment I had let go of how I had done the pose in the past and was open to how it could be at that time. I let go of the old thought that I am not flexible and opened up to the idea that I am flexible.
If we don’t let go of our past habits, thoughts, and patterns we will always see the world in that way and not be open to new experiences. If we want to live a life with ease we need to be open to change how we see the world.
Embrace who you have become today.
Live Light Practice:
Set a timer for 5 minutes and find a comfortable seat on a chair or the floor. With your eyes closed and jaw soft repeat to yourself for the next 5 minutes “I release my past and allow for ease in my life.”