Sunday, July 22, 2012

What are you longing for?


Come home to yourself.
Come home to yourself.
Come home to yourself.

Come home to your Self.

Lately I hear myself saying this repeatedly while I teach yoga.

It seems to me that many people today are searching for something, existing in a constant state of striving toward some goal. Many times we can’t even put our finger on exactly what it is that we feel is missing. Heck, many times we don’t even slow down enough to notice how we are feeling!

What is it we are longing for? Eight consecutive hours of sleep? A fabulous international vacation? The perfect vegan dark truffle? We might look toward a new job, a robust savings account, the perfect partner, or a beautiful home to bring us contentment. How many of us have ever uttered the words, “I’ll be happy when…”

All of these things are wonderful goals to work toward in life. (Especially the 8 hours of sleep. Believe me I will be shouting it from the rooftops when Lainey sleeps through the night.) And I am all about going after your dreams! But hear me when I say this: achievements, be they personal or professional, aren’t going to bring you what you’re looking for. No shiny object can bring you true inner peace. 

Because all of our hankering for stuff and titles and money is really a yearning for something more – a certain feeling we are after. And the truth is this: whatever you are seeking is already within you. Now if we could just get quiet enough to connect with it…

I truly believe that there are countless ways to tap into this fount of pure, blissful peace within you. Please do whatever works for you. You’ll know it when you’ve got it. If you’ve never felt connected with this part of yourself before here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Meditation (actually everything on the rest of the list is just another form of meditation)
  • Yoga
  • Folding laundry
  • Painting
  • Sewing
  • Washing dishes
  • Drawing
  • Writing
  • Laying on the beach
  • Walking
  • Watching wild animals
  • Hiking a mountain
  • Staring at a river
  • Knitting
  • Holding a baby
  • Gazing at a fire
  • Running
  • Petting a dog or cat
What would you add? I'd love to read about it in the comments or on my Facebook page

    

1 comment:

  1. Mindy, I find pulling weeds in my landscaping a good way to meditate!
    BTW the retreat on Saturday was Amazing!

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