Emotions stem from our wounds.
We are all wounded in our own ways, through the experiences we’ve had. And we continue to carry our wounded selves into our relationships, into our situations, into our everyday life. We don’t realise we have a choice; I may be wounded but I don’t need to act from that place.
So therein began my journey – to stop acting from my wounded places.
Let me ask you, as I ask all my students when they begin this journey – what are your wounds costing you?. If the answer is ‘too much’, then this is your reason to start the
healing, because your life is too precious to be lost to your wounds.
All the concepts in Yoga that teach us things like: –
– ‘Coming into the now’.
– ‘Gratitude changes your perception, and therefore your life’.
– ‘Life is the biggest classroom, every challenge your teacher’.
As simple as these words appear, the depth and reach they have if applied and understood is unfathomably profound.
The key to my change was I stopped fighting. I stopped trying to always be on guard, thinking I had to protect myself from a perceived danger just around the corner. Because of
my wounds, I realised I was repeating my fears in my mind… it got exhausting staying in that fight-or-flight mode all the time. Instead, I befriended the idea that life is on my side, it’s not ‘out to get me’.
Like a child who’s hurt themselves and goes crying to the parent, the parent holding them close and helping them heal. We are just like that child. We can be nurtured and healed by life, its job is to protect us. Life always takes care of life. We’ve just forgotten how to trust that.
The conclusion I have come to is this; never trust your mind to heal. Your mind needs as much healing as the rest of you. The instrument for healing in you is the soul. Learning about the soul is not something I was ever taught until I entered my first yoga class as a wounded adult. And how unfortunate, because the child in me could have really used those lessons then. But it’s all about the now, and now I know a little more than before, and I see it as my honour and duty to teach what’s helped me to help heal someone else just like me, just like
the child in me, just like the soul in me. Afterall we are all just One.