The practice of non-attachment is crucial when it comes to moving forward in life. The second noble truth in Buddhism says that attachment or clinging, ultimately leads to our suffering.
Let’s face it, sometimes life goes our way, but more than not, life goes it’s own way! It’s usually contrary to the way in which we imagined it or desired it to be.
Buddhism also teaches that we do have the opportunity to find Nirvana, that which is a state of joy. This comes from the practice of non-attachment.
In a mindful yoga practice, we can identify where these states of either clinging (tension) or joy (openness) live in our bodies.
For years I had this ongoing tightness in my psoas muscle. It was so deep and it became an ongoing place for inquiry. At one point, no matter how many yoga classes I did, I thought I would NOT be able to release this tight muscle.
It literally became so annoying that I was forced to truly work intimately with this part of my body, which then lead to some pretty AMAZING, NOT SO EASY, self-awareness AH HA’s.
I have to say that the dance of learning to let go of that psoas tightening has been one of my best teachers!
When we don’t want to feel deeply, we can easily disembody. This is a scapegoat to living life in present time. Inquiring, being present, and noticing where the triggers are coming from, in the long run, brings freedom and choice.
The practice of non-attachment doesn’t mean checking out or moving out of the body (disembodiment). When we stay present with what arises, we are forced to feel deeply. Even if it’s not what we expected or wanted, it is the way out of our suffering.
In our modern culture we are bombarded on a regular basis with too much information. Sometimes leaving the body can be a scapegoat. Over time it keeps us from having the tools necessary to access healing or wholeness.
Non-attachment is not disembodiment
By not putting expectations on how life or others should show up is a great way to live in the flow.
Disembodiment can become a bad habit or unconscious pattern…I feel it’s best to avoid at all costs!
The bodies messages, it’s connection to Mother Earth, is our home here on the planet. Staying fully embodied is where it’s at to ROCK YOUR LIFE in a fully connected way.
Your life will make more sense when you are embodied so that you can then choose non-attachment and have flow, good health, and inner peace.
Do you want to learn how to come home fully in each moment? To come home to your own deep state of knowing, your body, and actualize your own Embodied Presence? If so, I invite you to download and listen to the free Embodied Awareness meditation.
How we move through our daily lives MATTERS!
Traveling through India was an amplified opportunity to DROP IN, COME HOME, LET GO, and realize that I cannot hide from who I am.
I was with my yoga students from early morning until late in the evening. Lucky for me, our group had this dynamic contagious laughter simmering in and out of each stressful moment. We used it as a weapon to get through very long days of travel and overwhelm in different situations.
Having said that, there were times of exhaustion. I had one late night in Agra, at the very end of the trip where I started to tear up and just couldn’t get over the personal triggers that were showing up. I was so tired I had to let go and just go with it. It wouldn’t wait until I got back to my hotel room. One of my students witnessed me crying on the bus. It was very late, I was exhausted, and well...I am human.
My intent is to be fully myself so that I can realize my imperfectness and then trust that, through my awkward and vulnerable states, my connection with my experience will also support my connection with others.
I have also learned that putting up walls or fronts lead to a lot more pain in the future than just allowing the discomfort with the initial pain, fear, or insecurity.
By practicing yoga and mindfulness, I have safe routes to going inward. In order to teach and bring this into others lives I must live up to my own teachings, thus crying on the bus late at night in Agra when my triggers came up. Not easy, but I always say "there is no where to hide."
There is no where to hide, so letting go and learning as life arises has proven to be my best teacher.
Through our connection to our own bodies, there is wisdom, messages, wholeness, and radical moment-by-moment awakening.
Do you want to learn how to come home fully in each moment? To come home to your own deep state of knowing, your body, and actualize your own Embodied Presence? If so, I invite you to download and listen to the free Embodied Presence meditation.
I’m sitting at a coffee shop, still sleepy even though I taught a 6:00 a.m. Hot Yoga Flow class.
It’s been raining here for weeks and I think about my son in Portland and wonder how he deals with the dreary weather. I’m missing the sun, my daughter, and I am also excited to head to India with my yoga students. All of this happening at once.
I’m also aware of the smell of the baked goods here at the coffee shop, which I am not choosing because they have gluten in them! My coffee is nice, I added almond milk and YAY, it’s warming me up.
At any given moment, on any given day, I can have an infinite amount of thoughts and emotions and yet…and yet…wait...I know from all the years of practice there is more.
I’m not using the word "more" as in getting or attaining. I’m using it as in more possibilities opening consciousness.
I’m going to sit here, write to you, and ground into the space of possibility and let go of my personal preferences, hopeful desires about the weather changing, and allow freedom in my state of being, so I can be awake and at ease.
Awake and at ease…This is our birth right, and yet we fight it. We spend an ample amount of time wanting things to be different and better. We lose the essence of ourselves and the nectar of our lives when we aren’t available to the moment.
So in this moment, I choose to allow for the nectar to become palpable in my being, and open my state of acceptance and consciousness as I sit here in the cold and drink my warm coffee.
I wish for all of us to be able to come back again and again. I wish it so much that I teach it and I fully embody this practice as often as I can. I am grateful that you come to practice with me so that we can all do this thing together!
2/6/2019 0 Comments
In the past I’ve been all about setting up big goals in January, and determined to work hard, to do all the spiritual stuff that aligns me with those intentions.
This year I find myself quieter, gentler on both myself and in life, and understanding the power of NEUTRAL.
I would love to share a spiritual AH HA about NEUTRAL...
I haven't shared out loud with any of you that my daughter is 23 years old and a recovering heroine addict. She is 2 years sober! No pity card here, I’m simply writing about this because it was a RADICAL TEACHING on learning that I have NO CONTROL!
Through those 5 years of deep suffering and crazy shadow work, I was shown, over and over again by spirit, that I had to be present but could not for a split second determine the outcome of this by my own behaviors.
I was forced to come back to NEUTRAL, although I wanted to check out, make this nightmare go away, or wish or force it to stop. There was nothing to do except come back to being present with her and her addictions, staying upright, coming back to presence, and be in NEUTRAL. I was given a deep teaching on why NEUTRAL is important and when practiced how I could learn to TRUST and LET GO over and over again.
Going through this lesson taught me that I can better connect with SPIRIT, and not know, but allow when I’m in neutral.
PRACTICE AT HOME
Would you like to explore NEUTRAL and learn how allowing this state in your body and mind could be the best tool for manifesting yet?
POSTURE: Seated cross legged with cushions underneath your sit bones OR Tadasana (Mountain pose) with an ease through your trunk unlike ever before!
BREATH: Simply watch your natural breath at the tips of your nostrils. No pushing nor holding back, let it be easy!
With 30 years as a practicing yogini and 18 years as a yoga teacher and intuitive healer, Lisa Marie brings health and life changing experiences to thousands. Her commitment to her students and to the path of yoga guides her to serve others as they find their own divinity and tap into their essential nature.