May 20, 2019

So, you want to change the world?


Be the change you wish to see in the world.

What does this really mean?

These quote by Mahatma Gandhi s one of my favorites. It is an invitation to hold myself accountable. It is a call to action. Instead of pointing the blame at others I am being asked instead to look at myself with both honesty and compassion.

I think the words be the change in the simplest form mean that if you want to see a kind world you practice kindness to the people around you. If you want to see an honest world you practice profound honesty. And the list goes on. Choose what you wish to see in the world and then BE that.

Although this is simple, it is not always easy. If you are stuck in a destructive pattern of thoughts and behaviors that are hurtful to yourself or others it can be challenging to pull your way out. But there is a way out. It just takes work. And patience. And persistence. Enter yoga, a system to alleviate suffering, to disrupt the patterns in our mind that create that suffering.

Many of these destructive holding patterns are imprinted in your DNA. They are historical, ancestral. They are a result of your lived experiences, both past and present or of trauma, both individual and collective; trauma due to systems of oppression. They are a result of the beliefs that have been passed on through the many layers of conditioning in our lives. And often times they are a direct result of stress that builds up over time and breaks down your physiology.

When you are not well nourished in mind, body and spirit these destructive patterns of thought and habitual behaviors will make their way to the surface due to that physiological breakdown. This makes it really hard be the change you wish to see in the world. Honesty, justice and kindness (or whatever change you wish to see).

So, how do you prevent or disrupt these destructive patterns then? Because, simply put, if you do not disrupt them you will suffer as a result. The planet will suffer as a result. You will end up hurting other people as a result.

If you do not transform your hurt you will transmit it. If you do not heal your wounds you will transmit them. Hurt people hurt people. Heal yourself and you heal the world. One cannot happen without the other.

So, be the change to me means doing the necessary work to heal my wounds so that I do not perpetuate this hurt out into the world. AND it also means that when I do this work of healing I can look at my story, my core wounds, my hurt and ask what can I do with this experience? How can I turn this experience into something that will benefit the world?

In order to do this work, though, it is so helpful to have habits that keep you rooted and centered. That keep your physiology functioning efficiently and in immune integrity.

You can build up resilience through your everyday habits. These are simple habits, although not always easy to implement alone. According to habit change science we are 80% more likely to shift our behavior when we do it in a group vs. going it alone. And it takes time. Small, incremental changes over time.

I will be sharing more about these simple habits of resilience for the Resilience through Yoga & Meditation Virtual Summit on June 15-16, along with 19 other amazing women. I will be speaking about some Simple Habits to Build Resilience and it is entirely FREE.

Register for the FREE virtual summit here. Come join me and let’s get to work to change the first cultivating habits that help us stay in alignment with what matters most to us.

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