If you’ve seen any of my social media posts lately, they’ve mostly been centred around a specific theme (which probably merits a little explanation):
“Change your mind…. ….Change your body”
Of course, I’m suggesting this within the context of menopause. However, whether you are going through, suffering, managing to control menopause or not, the concept can be applied to any situation in life. You see, it’s all about perception.
If we view a symptom or a challenge through negative eyes, then it is more than likely going to have a negative outcome or impact on your life. If, on the other hand, you can change your mind and view that supposedly “negative” symptom or challenge through positive eyes, then, guess what, you’re going to get a positive outcome, with positive life implications to boot.
There’s a great quote from Henry Ford, which sums this up very succinctly. He said:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”
I’m sure I’ve no need to point out who Henry Ford was; his giant legacy is still going strong today. Aside from his revolutionary vision and tenacity, Ford’s success was down to his own incredible self-belief. He maintained that with the right attitude and focus, and by remaining aligned with his vision, ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE.
This, my friends, is what yoga offers us – the belief that ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE.
There’s a small caveat to add, of course! We have to put the work in first, as I’m sure Henry Ford did too!
Yoga teaches us self-reflection; to turn the focus inward, to look within for our own strength and resources. Ford believed he had everything within himself to create an astounding automobile empire. And he was right!
Thoughts are our ego or our conscious personality; they enable us to interact within our daily lives. So, in essence, we need our egos (which is not the same thing as egotism). But more often than not, we become overly attached to our thoughts and, as mentioned above, sometimes these thoughts can be negative. And so begins the downward spiral – the negative thoughts begin to affect our attitude, our attitude affects how we behave and interact with others, impacting our daily lives and, before we realise it, we’ve actually become our thoughts, we’ve become NEGATIVE!!!
It’s the same philosophy in yoga. We are taught to let go of self-limiting beliefs and to find the [Re]Source within. For Source you can substitute the word light, strength, empowerment, confidence – all of the positive resources you need to live your best life, to be your most effulgent self!!! This enlightenment, therefore, is already within us… IT’S AT THE VERY CORE OF OUR BEING. Yes, people, I’m talking about YOU!!
Have you ever noticed your yoga teacher instruct you to “release your thoughts” and to “focus on your breath”? So, all you are being asked to do here is to avoid any attachment to your ego – just to be an observer of your thoughts as they pass through – and by re-focusing on the breath (conscious breathing), you are avoiding any further distraction of the mind and allowing the state of yoga to arise.
Hence, “Change your mind….”
Hmm, often easier said than done, I hear you say.
Let me remind you then. Through the inward focus of our yoga practice, our ego (thoughts) need not stay fixed, but becomes more malleable. Those negative thoughts about your body image, your inability to do something [ie yoga! eat less! exercise more! say no! you get the picture], your worthiness to get a better job, a higher salary – whatever is holding you back – can all be overcome through the wisdom of yoga.
It’s true. When Patanjali [wise yogi] wrote the Yoga Sutras [yoga guidebook] circa 2000 years ago, he made the following statement:
🧘♀️yogash chitta vritti nirodha🧘♀️
What? (I also hear you say!)
Of the 195 Yoga Sutras (or Threads) Patanjali compiled, this was #2, so it’s pretty important!
It translates from Sanskrit as,
“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of mind“
Nirodha, meaning to stop, vritti meaning turning or whirling and chitta being the mind stuff or field of consciousness (workings of the mind, electrical impulses etc). Yogash is just another variation of the word yoga.
Patanjali was stating that yoga occurs “when your mind stops” or better, “when your attachment to your mind (or thoughts) ceases”.
This is the goal of yoga!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never known anyone who can literally “stop their mind”, so my suggestion to Change your mind… is the next best thing.
It is why I am inviting you to join us and take up the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat. On the mat, you will soon be seeing some video yoga classes here on the website but if, in the meantime, you would like to try 1:1 or private group sessions, please contact us here. Off the mat, I already posted the link for my Daily Rituals (for Menopause Mastery) in my last blog post so, perhaps now, after reading this post, you will further appreciate the value of a ritual for helping to change your mindset.
Lastly, if you would like ongoing Yoga & Menopause support from a group of like-minded people, but in a more confidential setting, then hop over and join our private Facebook Group – Changelings – here. You will be more than welcome!
Once again, heartfelt thanks for staying with us, if you’ve got to this stage! It’s great to be in your company.
‘Til next time. With love