What is enlightenment? I thought about the answer to this question, thinking it would be a great start to this post, but I just sat here and stared. I had to google it since I couldn’t come up with a definition of my own. I found an interesting site which had an even more interesting view point on enlightenment – perhaps we can’t describe it. Perhaps it is just a unique and personal feeling to each of us. We’ve been taught through schooling that if we can describe something with words accurately, then we “know” it. But this word is different. What if it is a feeling? What if bringing about the feeling of enlightenment is different for all of us?
Whatever makes you feel enlightened, keep on doing it. Whatever brings joy to your heart and makes your spirit feel alive, keep on doing it. It could be anything – anything that makes you feel good. That makes you feel joyful, passionate, gentle and lightened. We can all relate to this feeling of enlightenment. For me, this was doubling up on yoga today. That’s how much I”m loving it lately, and how much my body is needing it. I’m craving the yoga glow lately. My body loves it, and so does my spirit. To be able to do yoga on my lunch break? Wow. What an amazing company I work for (thank you lulu!). This was a first for me, and definitely a new way of feeling good that helped bring about a sense of calmness and empowerment that lasted throughout the day – that gave me even more energy to bring to my favourite class tonight. One of the many things I took away from tonight’s class was this:
“It’s difficult to find happiness within yourself, but it’s impossible to find it anywhere else.”
Yoga has changed my life!! After every class, I leave feeling better than when I first sat down on my mat. Always. And I leave feeling inspired with something to think about. Sometimes it’s reflecting upon emotions that were brought up, and other times it’s from something inspiring the teacher has brought forward. The other day, it was a mini conversation I had with the lady practicing beside me. We were doing partner work working on crow pose, which is an arm balancing pose. My partner said this was her favourite pose, and for me, I explained how I really don’t like this one at all! She looked at me with surprise and shock in her eyes and said, well that’s your problem! Love it!!! Put love into it!! When she asked why I didn’t like it, my answer: “Because I’m afraid I’m going to fall when I try to do it properly”. We both laughed, because I knew the answer to the question that was coming next. She laughed and said “what’s so bad about that?”. Honestly? Nothing. Ego. That’s what it comes down to. Looking like an idiot rolling around on the floor. Big deal! I’m learning to love what I dislike, and I’m learning to embrace my fears. To love my fears, because it’s only when I allow myself to experience the fear will I be able to grow. Such a simple conversation, but I left the class with so much to work on – both on and off the mat.
Yoga. Amazing. Haven’t tried it yet? Just show up! I’ve had so many people tell me they’ve been inspired to finally try it, and are now addicted. Thank you for sharing this – keep spreading the yoga bliss. I’m riding high on my doubled up enlightening yoga glow right now – I’m definitely going to keep on doing it!
Smile with your heart!