If one advances confidently in the direction of their dream, endeavoring to live the life they are imagining, he will put somethings behind. He will pass the invisible boundary. ~Emerson
I dream of being whole. I dream of healing. I dream of living with passion and with purpose and without pain. I am not there yet, but I am headed confidently in that direction.
After one month of yoga teacher training, I am certain I am on the right path. In this short time I have learned that although suffering exists, so too does happiness, and I have the ability to nurture my happiness, which in turn diminishes my suffering.
I have learned there are specific causes of suffering I have control over – what I eat, what I think, how I react. I can choose to nurture rather than deplete. We can all make this choice.
I am learning to live a mindful life – mindful of how I contribute to my suffering. Awareness is key. I am aware of my suffering, and aware that in me is the ability to acknowledge suffering while not living in suffering. It is imperative that I acknowledge my suffering if I ever hope to move past it. I can never understand a part of myself that I ignore or that I deny. Cessation of suffering comes only with awareness.
With awareness our actions are liberating and creative. When we are unmindful, we become caught in our conditioning and reactivity, and this conditioned reactivity keeps us bound to the cycle of suffering. ~Frank Jude Boccio, Mindfulness Yoga
I have been aware of the physical benefits of yoga for some time. That is why I made the decision to enroll in teacher training – I knew it would continue to help me heal, and in turn I could continue to inspire others to do the same. But I was not expecting the spiritual growth I am now experiencing. I was not mindful – but I am heading confidently in that direction.
Yoga is mind-body-spirit.
Yoga is all encompassing.
Yoga is life.
Yoga is gently leading me through the invisible boundaries.
Denise Bodman says
I have recently started NIA I love it . I have been able to do this exercise for some time without as much trouble as other exercises.
It combines mind body and spirit like yoga (I have a hard time spelling)
ty chi and ty quan do and it goes hard for seconds then relaxes in yoga moves I feel better and like I am stronger. I think fibro people may like to try it out.
I have gotten so much out of your newsletter and do not feel so alone.
I even have hope.
Please look into NIA it is beautiful. I reccommond globel unity.
Thank you for posting this. I enjoyed reading it so much that I am printing myself a copy as a reminder. Sometimes we can get bogged down with doctors appointments and treatments and medications and…pain. This was like a breath of fresh air!
Lilly Abbott says
I understand your situation, and something similar happens to me, I have pain in his right knee and a chronic fibromyalgia and pain consitent give me time to time, and the doctor gave me Vicodin for pain control both cases, but warned me that This medication has side effects and take it as he tells me not to have problems, I hope that will help experts like me because I think I’m getting better but slowly.
Kori-Lee Slomp says
Thank you for your post. I have had fibromyalgia for 8 years now and it has probably only been in the last 2 that I have finally accepted that I have it. I find the winters tough but certainly can attest that regular walks help with the flares and am really interested in yoga.