‘’the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”
How is it possible to reach that non-judgmental state of being? There are many tools out there, which promise to help us in gaining higher consciousness, understanding and focus. May that be yoga, meditation, painting, singing, gardening or walking at the beach or in the forest. It is very helpful and I would say essential, to have a tool which supports us to come back to our centre within and to reflect without judgment. Just to let arise whatever has to arise and let it go again and to realise the changing nature of all things: life, relationships, emotions, thoughts!
Try different things and see what might work best for you. Once you find something that feels right for you, stay with it! Practise it as regularly as you can. That is the key that will bring you understanding and focus. Even if, some days, it is just a couple of minutes sitting for example, do it and take more time during days when you can. Stay with it. It will support you in going deeper and deeper in your own true nature. There might be times you feel it doesn’t help you anymore or you are stuck, but be assured that it’s just part of the process.
Especially in these difficult times there is more happening than we can consciously perceive at that moment, but you have to keep going and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel when everything opens up again and you will realise how much things shifted. Keep in mind that it is a wonderful process / work for your whole life and a never-ending growth so that we can all be living the highest version of ourselves.
Here’s more on that from our beloved yoga teacher. Sharath’s words from a conference in Mysore, India-written by a following yogi: “Conference today began with Sharath’s reiteration of the importance of practical experience in our understanding of yoga. Yama, Niyama and Asana are the pillars and the foundation, he said, and these allow us to bring stability to our spiritual building. Knowledge is good, but when coupled with practical application, our comprehension is more complete. This theory is not new, but rather was passed to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois by his teacher Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya was a great scholar and possessed many degrees in various subjects, but he also firmly believed that practical experience was an integral part of true knowledge. This belief along with the urging of one of his teachers, Rama Mohana Bhramacharya, is what led Krishnamacharya to practice and teach the vinyasa krama as we know it. The Ashtanga vinyasa krama is rooted in the ancient text called Yoga Korunta, which Krishanamacharya studied at length, practically applied, and then shared with Guruji in the method of parampara. Through this learning and experience, Krishnamacharya and teachers in the lineage of Ashtanga, realized that yoga cannot be understood without sadhana, which is a disciplined action towards spiritual progression. For us, that is asana practice. Additionally, Sharath explained, there is great value in studying different yoga related texts, such as the Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Bhagavad Gita and relating them to asana. As questions arise from this study, he told us, we will find answers in the physical experience of the practice. Asana is a beginning point, but with bravery, discipline, and effort we delve deeper – we withdraw our senses and attention from everything outside of ourselves and begin to find the purity within. Over time we learn to focus not the number of asanas, but rather the way that the asanas affect our body and mind; our reaction to them. With patience we can bring softness and steadiness to the body and mind, and through commitment and effort in all aspects of the practice, slowly, we begin to realize the true yoga.”