The mind is a powerful tool of transformation. When aligned with the heart, the mind is a supportive and indispensable ally. But when misaligned, steeped in negativity, or overly concerned with its own welfare, the mind becomes your worst enemy.
How many times have you done something or said something unskillful that you wished you could take back but you can’t? When the untamed critical mind gets a hold of this, it can incessantly denounce you. This becomes a huge obstacle to clear thinking. There’s usually one prominent voice that’s shouting at you. But sometimes there’s a whole group of voices shouting at you. I call that the “Itty-bitty-shitty-committee.”
When something bad happens – you experience the death of a loved one, you lose your job, you catch a cold just before a big commitment to teach, the mind can become a loud-mouth judge shouting at you, “You’re a loser. You f####d up. You shouldn’t have said/done that. You’re stupid. You are unworthy.” Like the 24/7 news channels on TV, while the main news is shown on the large screen, there’s a simultaneous ticker-tape of commentary running at the bottom of the screen. This commentary of the mind underlying your experience is very distracting. Without the skill of observation without judgment, you can become trapped by the mental patterns of judgment.
Through the practice of meditation, you become more skillful at being able to identify non-constructive thoughts and let them go. The bottom line is that you DO have control of your thoughts. But it takes practice.
A few weeks ago I finished teaching the final module of Ashaya Yoga Advanced 300-Hour Teacher Training. It was an amazing and beautiful experience. We focused on teaching the chakras, […]