For the last several weeks, I’ve been teaching FB Live classes called Ashaya Yoga: Practices for Inner Peace. I’ve had the opportunity to examine the concept of inner peace from many different angles and I’ve learned a lot.
Two questions arise for me around inner peace: 1. How do you get there? and 2. Once you’re there, how do you protect it? The answer to #1 is deep acceptance and the answer to #2 is consistency. Let me explain.
There’s nothing that disturbs inner peace more than self-judgment.
This can take many forms, including, self-criticism, self-rejection, perfectionism, shame, and an inability to accept our flaws.
Flaws are a natural outcome of being human. In the Nondual Shaiva Tantra tradition, what occurs on the human level, occurs on the divine level. Our human existence, in all of its glory and gloom, is an expression of divine existence. We have the DNA of the divine. Our universal presence consists of both light and dark. But it’s very common to only acknowledge our positive qualities while suppressing our shadow. In our attempt to do everything well and bring our best self forward, we invariably make mistakes.
To be at peace within yourself, you need to accept both your gifts and your flaws, your light and your shadow. “If you think you don’t have a shadow, then you must not be standing in the light.” Deepak Chopra. Having a shadow is natural. It comes with your humanity and your humanity is your divinity.
Deep acceptance allows you to see your flaws rather than deny them.
But as yogis, we want to go deeper than just seeing them. If you could imagine going inside yourself to the other side of your flaws, like seeing yourself the […]