When I first began to practice yoga and meditate, I assumed that I would immediately realize a stress-free blissful existence in which my problems and struggles would no longer exist. I’ll let you in on a secret, that didn’t happen.
What I learned from teacher after teacher was that yoga was about the present moment, and letting go. But even that turned into a struggle as I felt some type of resistance to being still. I felt frustrated that thoughts and feelings other than bliss snuck into my zen space. I thought that my job as a good yogi was to push those ‘bad’ thoughts and emotions out and only have happy thoughts. Wrong again. What I was doing was creating a deeper resistance and suffering. Continue reading