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Want Change? Make Changes.

"Want Change?  Make Changes."  is an old saying from back in my engineering days.  Don't get me started about stagnation in the corporate world.

Not just a big-biz phenomenon, We all form patterns of behavior, some serve us well, and some are in the way of who we're becoming.

Yoga asks us to look at things differently, through a lens that is continually cleansed and changed by our practice.

Yoga asks us not to get lulled into the trap of complacency.

change through the heat of Tapas

Doing just one thing different can change everything.  Take a different route home today.  Buy that strange looking vegetable at the farmers market. Skip Netflix this week and go to the big screen, go to the drive in.  Walk don't drive.  Wash the dishes by hand.  Need some new and very-loyal friends? Buy a bird feeder.  Go to that other coffee shop with a good book.  If you always read, just sit and sip. Try a new Yoga class out.  (hint… visit LuLu Lemon and pickup a bunch of first-class-free coupons to the area studios.)   Yeah, I'll miss you in class, but, it may be really good for you.  

What do you avoid, shy away from?  Why?  Shake things up:  Roll out your mat.  Do your nemesis posture 10 times, with a smile.  imagine it was your favorite.  If you've been practicing for years, take a beginners class.  Next time you're feeling resistance to something, step right into it.  Cook it with the heat of your Tapas.  The resistance becomes dust in your path.  Yes, you're a step closer to who you're becoming.

Sidestepping our normal patterns tells ourselves at many levels that we are open to change, really, and that we are making room for it.

Anyone can want change, anyone can set an intention, but a Yogi follows through with the effort required, and that Tapas creates lasting change.  

"If we always do what we've always done, we'll always get what we've always got."   -Hanumanji at Ananda Ashram

So I put it out there, Make a change, click on the 'add your comment link' and inspire us all with how it goes. 

Om Shanti,  I'll see you in Class  -j

 

By | 2016-11-19T13:18:37+00:00 August 27th, 2009|jnana, Yoga|7 Comments

About the Author:

Namaste. I've been practicing and teaching Peace, Yoga, and Mindful living for many years. What comes out in class is from decades of going inwards. I love sharing what is rising in my practice and my day to day life of noticing more about this incredible world we live in. Peace -j

7 Comments

  1. Jen August 29, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I bought a canary melon the other day for the first time. Change is good, and sometimes yummy! 🙂 -J

  2. Charlie C. August 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Very enlightening, enjoyed that.
    We did something , bought a Honda, and are enjoying the huge difference from the numerous Fords in the past.
    (Some) Change is good! Om Shanti….

  3. Bettina Messana September 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I recently made a change in my daily routine by spending the first part of my day writing the “morning pages” (a practice recommended by Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way” She writes they are 3 pages of longhand writing, strictly stream of consciousness, aka brain drain, writing down whatever comes to mind). It’s hard to explain how much this practice has enriched my life, but I feel it has helped me tremendously on my journey. Try it and see if it can do the same for you! Embrace Change..

  4. annie September 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I really like your emails… they make me stop and think. Thank you.

    This reminds me of a quote a friend sent to me:
    Do not resist events that move you out of your comfort zone, especially when your comfort zone was not all that comfortable. — Alan Cohen

  5. Lisa S. September 3, 2009 at 5:05 am

    My favorite quote that helped change my life for the better…”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi.

  6. Ajay Nampoothiri September 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    “Continuous Change alone is the Changeless Law”- Swami Chinmayaananda.

  7. Renee September 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Hi John,

    Yes, I am looking forward to attending, I’ve been out of town and your email slipped thought the cracks (of my mind,,,,,,,) How much do I owe you and where should I send the check?
    Thanks for your understanding..
    Renee

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