Overcoming

Authored By: 
Ali Nohinek

"...first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."
Matthew 7:5

Among the very few biblical quotes that are imprinted in my mind is this one. It is one that has been re-surfacing for me a lot lately...

When I first started getting into yoga, I wanted everyone I knew to do it too! (oh wait, I still do) I was in the romance period, where I was still experiencing a high from the practice and thought that yoga would fix the world's problems(oh wait, I still think this too) That's not my point though. The point is that I find a common thread amongst my students and that is the thread of judging those who do not do yoga.  I find myself still doing this as well. I still look at the speck of sawdust in my brother's eye and pay no attention to my own plank.

We stick our feet on the sand at the beach and mistake it for the entire ocean. We tell our friends how great the ocean is but haven't even stuck our feet in the water. This reminds me of one of the NINE obstacles to attaining yoga.  WHICH IS: thinking you have gotten there when you haven't. This is like standing halfway up Mount Everest and thinking you are at the peak.

It is great to frolic in your own bliss from your practice. STAY THERE! Be mindful of the tendency for this romance period to steer you in the direction of concerning yourself with another's journey.

Oftentimes this judgement(of others or ourself) is the greatest OBSTACLE. It has been for me, and this is why I am sharing it with you. Now, when I observe this pattern in my mind, I try to catch it before it goes any further. I invite you to do the same.

The yogi is in a state of bliss amidst the chaos around him/her.  So, when you find yourself involving yourself, release and remember to come back to the present moment. The latter is a distraction from yoga.

Yoga is an endless journey, It is a journey that takes you deep within to the core of your being. It is a journey that requires much from you in terms of admittance, acceptance and reconciliation.

-REMEMBER: When you feel negativity toward another (including politics,YEP, I am going there) this is merely an aspect of yourself of which you have yet to explore.

#truthbomb #dropmic #offmyboxforMEOW

About the Author: 

Ali is wife, mother, lover and leader. Above all she is a dedicated student and teacher. She embodies yoga, pranayama and dhyana through dedication self mastery, so that she may be a light for others. 

Owner and Teacher at Yogali, a boutique yoga studio and healing arts center located in the exquisite Historical Handley Shopping Center of Ft. Worth. Yogali provides a welcoming environment centered around healing, growth, strength, community and transformation.

Yogali focuses on imroved stress management, lasting health and clarity of mind. Through sharing India’s great gifts of Yoga and Ayurveda, and Thailand's gift of Thai Body Work, we seek to provide the means for personal healing and enhancement of body and mind.

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