Kind Essence, M.Ed., Certified Yoga Instructor,
Spiritual Intuitive Healer
For those of us connected
to Mother Earth, our universe, our feelings and emotions, we
are acutely aware of change as it comes upon us and our
environment. We know exactly how to “roll with the punches”,
but for the rest of us who don’t have a clue, I have 7 Core
Yogic teachings to help support you as change comes into
I am coming from a
“yogic” background, therefore, metaphysics plays an
important role in my logic. Once I began my studies in yoga
philosophy, I knew it was going to have a positive effect on
my life and how I was to approach it.
How does change come into
your life? Does it come with a smooth Denzel Washington
swagger, or with the intimidation of a Hurricane Irene? You
should know so that you can “captain your ship” in the
direction that you want it to go. If there is some
confusion, give these 7 Core Yogic teachings a try.
Change came into my life,
radically, back in 2004. I wanted to pursue my PhD in San
Francisco, but the universe had other ideas. I came back to
Philly to visit my family, one last time, before moving to
California, but what I saw changed my life. My aging mother
and aunt were at a place where they needed help in order to
be able to continue living in their own home and community.
I made the decision to come back to Philly to live and to
take care of them. A change was upon me, whether I was ready
or not. It was scary! After months of crying, I finally gave
in. Once I accepted the change, surprisingly enough,
everything fell into place.
1. “Change is
inevitable, continuous and unavoidable.”, states a
Buddhist Doctrine of Impermanence. With acceptance comes
this realization; it’s not just happening to you, but to
every living entity. Change comes bringing movement and
manifestation into your being, sustains it for a while, and
then it disappears. The ebb and flow of the ocean, the
changing of the seasons, the expansion and contraction of
the earth. Accept this as part of nature and you’ll be in
better shape facing your microcosmic levels of shifts in
your physical, mental and spiritual life.
2. Change is an
invitation to step out of your comfort zone and into a new
arena. How do you perceive change? If you look at it as
an “invitation” to free yourself or upgrade, you’ll fare
better. As the kids say, “Don’t be scared!”. Leaving home
for college, moving to a new city, quitting a longtime job
to start your own business, or getting a divorce are
opportunities to test your stamina for change. Once you’ve
stepped off the bridge and into the unknown, you will never
be the same… and you don’t want to be. This is your ticket
to growth; and as you grow, consciously, you become more
connected to your true self.
3. Deal with the fear
and uncertainty which accommodates change; try meditation.
“Don’t be scared” is easier said than done. Fear can stop
you dead in your tracks; it’s the biggest contributor to
procrastination. In Russell Simmons’ latest book, Super
Rich, he states that he meditates often when he is
confronted with choices because it helps clear his head.
Meditation helps you to move into your discomfort with ease,
rather than away from it.
4. Uncover your truest
desire. What is my desired outcome in this situation?
How can I honor my voice? Ask the teacher within. As you sit
in mediation, answers will come. Write them down.
Self-inquiry, or “atma vichara”, is the process for
5. Set a strong
intention; a clear, articulate, affirmative statement.
Call on the power of your personal will. Align your will
with the will of the cosmic universe.
6. Take action one
step at a time. We call this “abbyasa”--steady effort in
the direction you want to go. Create a plan of possibilities
based upon your self-inquiry and responses. Once thought
out, you must take action.
7. Practice letting
go! Making changes affords you the opportunity to
detach, “vairagya”. Allow yourself to feel the anxiety or
fear, rather than letting it go. These things exist;
acknowledge them, but remember that they don’t define who
you are or where you are going.
Kind Essence offers yoga classes, workshops and retreats.
Contact her at 856-297-7070 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding
classes in her Wynnefield Studio.