By Alana Bray, Studio Owner "By listening we become masters". I have been inspired by this quote in my teachings this week. When it comes down to it, our Yoga practice (which is a microphone for our life) is most successful when our ability to be receptive to the moment becomes fundamental. We are not listening to one thing, but everything. Every sound around us, we are aware of as part of the experience. At the same time, we hear the sound of our breath as our internal life and streamline of aliveness and presence now. Amidst it all, we are listening to and continually engaging with our own energy. When we listen to everything, it makes up this experience. We immediately put ourselves into a position of calm, present receptivity to what we give and receive. In this moment of listening, immediately all our actions will support the greater good.
In our Yoga practice, i.e; our life, are we acting from a place of listening to everything as a way to support the goodness we will attract to this moment? Do we have a moment of pause, of grace before everything we do because we are listening? When we move into a pose, are we listening to the teacher, to the breath and to our internal energy as we are transitioning or even holding? If so, we are in the moment. And more than in the moment, we are mindful, and in that calm mindfulness we are creating a sense of expanded awareness that promotes and supports the benefit we will receive Now.
By listening to everything we become masters of the expanded sense of increase we give and receive. And this is a practice. By no means am I a master of this.