Why I am not a Yogi

 In Awareness, Beliefs, Consciousness, Freedom, Human Potential, Philosophy, Zen

There are many benefits to practicing yoga. While I practice some Yoga postures quite often, I rarely refer to myself as a Yogi. Yoga itself can be very dogmatic filled with rules and conditions as a way to measure and control ones progress. Have you ever pondered on the limitations this imposes?

Anytime we have control we have limitations, as it keeps us ‘boxed in’ with our thoughts and beliefs. This hinders our growth and limits our experiences. Systems or ‘schools of thought’ are often clothed in limiting beliefs as a measure to protect and sustain the system.  The teachings are often taught in a way to control (and limit) the students growth for the sake of the system. Many of the concepts are simply passed down from one teacher to another without ever being questioned.

Believe nothing no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.
~Buddha

The challenge here is that we automatically adapt their beliefs and limitations. Just like the collective limitations around the 4 minute mile, as discussed in 21 days to form a habit. In this, I briefly discussed the story of Roger Bannister who was the first person to run a mile in under four minutes back in 1954. Prior to this, it was believed to be physically impossible for the human body to run a mile in under four minutes. Mr Bannister questioned and discarded the beliefs of others so he could go beyond the ‘collective’ limitations for greater potential.

Learning with an inquisitive mind…

What I’m advocating here is learning through an open and inquisitive mind.  Always questioning as your learning, while remaining respectful in the process. For example, you wouldn’t interrupt a teacher to point out all the possible limitations, but within yourself you would start to see those limitations and be able to release them through your own questioning and expanded awareness.  Through the questioning, we release the limitations and open doors to amazing potential.

Try questioning everything you believe to be true and notice what happens within yourself.  At first the mind starts to freak out as it feels the discomfort in relinquishing control, but then in the midst of mental chaos freedom rises up from within.  Through this experience, you awaken your own internal guidance system.

Until next time,
James-Simon

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