Before coming to India I would never have expected to leave with my heart and mind so full of new attitudes, perspectives, awareness’ and new practices to apply in my life. When your mind and body are sharp it’s much easier to witness what the universe is pointing at, to be conscious. I will be sad to leave this crazy country but I am excited to return home and play with all my new gifts.
Mastering the mind
Remaining at all times the silent, non-judgmental witness of our mind. The mind will tell us many stories; many of them are old stories that will continue to repeat themselves. They will cause us to behave repeatedly the same way. However, we are not our minds, everything the mind tells us is not true. We need to identify the stories our mind is telling us and choose freely how to best act.
Using your words, thoughts and actions in the direction of truth and love for yourself and others. Not saying believing or feeling anything that goes against yourself or others. Watch the thoughts and if they don’t align with your heart, change your monkey mind.
If you really want to do something, you are willing, no matter what you feel (fear or doubt) you will over come it and achieve success. In back bending I had a very special moment. I have the flexibility, and strength, everything I needed to go back and see the floor. Acharya commanded: “if you can see the floor, put your hands back”. I couldn’t I was MENTALLY stuck. I had no confidence in myself, full of self-doubt. The feeling of a huge knot formed in my throat and my eyes began to well with tears (this was a feeling I was all too familiar with) Why? Because I wanted so badly to overcome that fear and touch the floor but my mind told me I wasn’t capable. I wanted it so badly, I mentally rehearsed it for days, telling myself over and over, I can do it. Finally, I did it!HOLA WILLPOWER, welcome to my life again!!
Keeping the attention 100per cent on what you are doing and not allowing the mind to fluctuate. Stay present, in the moment.
Be the change
It’s easy to fall back into old habits when others around you are doing the same things. Having the strength of mind to stand for what you believe and being the change to make the change is a huge lesson for me. Now I need to stand strong with this little gem of knowledge
It was the first time I thought about life on the level of gaining and losing prana or energy in our acts. Sometimes when we have lots of energy its so easy to waste it on tasks that we deem as ‘fun’ only to realise later we are too tired to do the tasks we NEED to do or things that come up out of the blue. Moreover, I am more aware of my mind causes me to lose prana (a lot). So now I ask myself the question, ‘is this act, thought, feeling, emotion useful for me?’ then I can choose to keep it or let it go.
Be with your pain
As humans we all go through physical and emotional pain. The problem is when we don’t go through it and we store it. It returns time after time. It is important with both physical and emotional pain to love it. Sit with it, listen to it and find the lesson in it. Ask yourself, what is this trying to teach me? Your mind will try to either run from it or attach a story to it. Remain the observer.
Give the whole heart or nothing at all
Its relatively easy to do a task simply by “going through the motions”, its mechanical and well, boring. You can’t wait for it to end. Afterwards you are left feeling unfulfilled, empty and tired (usually because your mind has spent all the energy on the useless thoughts passing through your head trying to escape the task at present). On the other hand when we engage in a task connected to our heart, becoming one with what we are trying to achieve, we finish in what seems like no time, feeling on top of the world; filled up with energy. I’ve experiences both sides myself but I never realized why. From now on I will make choices with my whole heart. My teachers here in India give with their whole heart when they teach, you can FEEL it, and you want to have 8 ears to listen to every word they say. I would like to give the same gift to others.
Self – Discipline
We all have bad habits and patterns that we have adopted in life and we know they don’t serve us but we keep them in our lives. Without self-discipline it is very easy for the mind to fluctuate returning us to old, harmful ways that take us down a path of confusion. Self-discipline bridges the gap between dreams and reality. I am taking home with me a gift wrapped self-discipline practice and I could not be more excited to practice it when I get home.
Food is medicine:
As young girls there is so much pressure on us to look good, to be thin, beautiful and perfect. From a young age many of us form bad relationships with food. We use it as a form of self-punishment and we eat our emotions, to numb ourselves from the intense pain we don’t know how to deal with. Foods high in fat and sugar that make us feel dull and slow. So why should we eat? We should eat to fuel ourselves, to feel alive, to sharpen our body and minds. In the last 6 weeks I was given the knowledge and support to follow a diet I have been dreaming about following for some years. The knowledge I needed to change my relationship with food. The support I needed to stay on the diet and confirm to myself how food makes me FEEL, not only body but more importantly on the mind – a gift-wrapped lifestyle diet for home.
Bananas are the most wonderful food in the world!!Banana smoothie, banana mix, banana, banana, bananas, absolutely bananas!!
I want to thank you both so much from the bottom of my heart for the gifts you have given me on this program. I am finding difficulty putting the lessons into words but I feel them on a deeper level and that is what I am taking home with me. Thank you both for your lives work, your energy, your dedication, and your love and for sharing all of it with us. Thanks you Acharya Hema for your big heart balanced with a gentle firmness and Acharya Venkatesha for your scary strictness (its needed) yet fun and absolutely HILARIOUS moments. Thank you both for your individual gifts!
I would also like to thank all my classmates for being such a great bunch of beautiful souls. I’ve enjoyed every minute of our journey together and I hope we meet again!