I teach somatic or embodied kundalini yoga. I invite my students to ‘notice’ and to stay within the landscape of their body temple, in the rooms, corridors, and darkest cupboards, during classes. A yoga class is a masterclass in the self every time. That is how I teach.
When we abandon ourselves out, ruminating, or engaging in endless social media scrolling, or numerous other ‘distractions we are unable to be present to our own nurturing body landscapes.
We create the external worlds that we inhabit. This is a capitalist society in the UK driven by the need to earn our crust. We create habits. Here’s how the old world habit can become a new toxic one, a habit once called ‘fire gazing. Fire-gazing can be seen as a version of Trakatum meditation in yoga. You gaze at a candle flame and allow thoughts to come and go, observe them, and release them.
Once, it was part of a day for some. You might have come home and gazed at the fire wearing slippers and smoking a pipe for a while to shake off the office. This has been replaced by another version of ‘gazing’. It is unconscious tv watching where we let unfiltered tv content ‘come at us into our body temples, rooms within our cells, with no effort’..
Our bodies know that we belong, it is our minds that make us homeless
You see, our subconscious accepts content with no filter. When content arrives unconsciously filtered within our brains we have changed our status; we are the guests in our own houses, not the inhabitants who own. We become unfiltered, vulnerable. I know which I prefer. A dancing candle flame, not the flickering blue light of a screen. This is a small change to notice and make, it is a start.
“Our bodies know that we belong, it is our minds that make us so homeless.”
Our bodies know that we belong, it is our minds that make us homeless. We are becoming a world where we are building lifestyles and home spaces where we ourselves cannot rest in quiet peace and support our nervous systems. We surround ourselves with constant digital blather. We feel the pressure of FOMO. We react and engage without self-regulation.
We are in great need to wake up and re-wild our worlds, pare back the layers of our body landscapes and mind fixes, and simplify, soothe, nourish and nurture our stress systems. We are in the Aquarian Age, a time that leads us to redefine the human brain, to encourage action from the pre-frontal cortex, to dumb the limbic fight-flight brain that we still allow to dominate our actions and with fresh awareness of these systems hijack upon us, press it back into the past dark pre-historic ages from whence it came, for good.
The future belongs, not to the survival of the fittest, but to those who are nurtured.
What are you nurturing? How are you watering your garden or are you watering gardens around you to help those less able? Are you planting beauty? Bring nothing that is not beautiful and useful into your home, your inner home, and to your own outside landscapes. The divine lives within you and around you. It is freely given, gifted at birth, our immortal authority. Can you see it? Can you feel it?
YCan we behave from a more ‘recognizing, allowing investigating and nurturing brain’ instead? Of course, we can, it is a choice, one that requires great discipline, to tidy our inner rooms and cupboards of our living spaces within us, in the same way, it requires discipline to keep our homes clutter-free and safe for ourselves and others to use.
The future belongs, not to the survival of the fittest, but to the growth of the nurtured. What are you nurturing? How are you watering your garden? Are you planting beauty?
Can you intend to bring nothing that is not beautiful and useful into your home, your inner home, and to your own outside landscapes? The divine lives within you and around you. It is freely given, gifted at birth, our immortal authority and you learn to hear and feel within?
Yoga is a way to access what nourishes us from within and leads us on the path to the whole self. Yoga creates spaces in the landscapes of our body where we can find more freedom, more creativity, a room of our own within us that is our own helpful creative space. Where we birth ‘considered content’ from within ourselves, to be placed at our own windows to an outer wider world and landscapes.
Conscious content that has intentional meaning. Conscious content that inspires and nourishes others. Yoga creates connection and community for self with others. Yoga allows us to reside in our bodies and homes with intuitive ease.