I found this passage recently in a beautiful book that embodies “Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit” and it immediately resonated, reminding me that intention and devotion to practice – like the tide – can ebb and flow; that’s human-ness! Without a firm intention to your practice, we may become partial to losing our way (momentarily or extended)…hopefully to arrive back on the mat with a memory of that clear intention you once set your devoted practice to..
Why then can it be so hard to devote ourselves to sustained practice? Resistance to practice occurs when we have not yet formed a clear intention. Until we form a clear intention, we cannot rally our energy and align it with our goal. We have to know what it is that we really want. We may say we’re practicing Yoga because we want to lose weight or become flexible or fit. But until we understand that what we really want is to feel truly alive, there will always be a contrary movement that pulls us in a negative direction. Once we find the core of our intention, this intention acts like a laser to cut through the endless excuses and evasions. We stop having a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, battling it out in a tit-for-tat competition. Instead, we align ourselves from the centre of our intention and the friction of opposing forces ceases to obstruct our momentum
– Donna Farhi
Just as Yoga has been a constant in my life for the past 17 years, first introduced at a time when consumed by a very low body image, I played lots with the notion of exploring the effects both of body and mind (waning between devotion and the trappings of a young 17 year old) . Yoga can have the ability to make us consider our bodies as a valuable commodity in which you might want to contemplate not trading in; but investing time and loving energy in. Slowly with devotion to practice the potential is there to unravel and separate body image (or rather mental image of your body) in a more inspired loving and nurturing capacity..
Devotion to practice can be governed and controlled by so many variables; yet the biggest I’ve personally encountered through my own ebbs relate to the rollercoaster of excuses that we are all partial to; the guilt of taking time out for you and the busy-ness that pulls us completely away from each valuable moment that is our devoted Yoga practice .
The paradox might be that the more you devote to your practice with a heartfelt intention, the more quality time you have the potential to spend with the people you fear you are taking away from. Your devoutness might just lead you through discomfort to find more of a loving and generous human that resides deeper than our flesh alone and has so much more meaningfulness to share.
Contributed by Anita Perryman x