A gentle reminder :: You are human


Happy Saturday friends. 

I’m going to be honest, I am struggling a bit when it comes to dealing with people in my life who are [wicked] 

… what’s even worse is these (people in my life) aren’t even in my life. They are haunting, lingering dark energies from my past, and the past of my partner, Sent into my present phase of existence clearly to serve as a test. Testing my patience. Testing my reactions. Testing my mental peace. 

I woke up this morning to a message saying 

“Start ignoring people who threaten your joy. Literally ignore them. Do not invite any part of them into your space” 

The yoga sutras offer a very similar philosophy. After I read the first message, I opened my copy of the yoga sutras and found sutra 1.33 the keys to peace. 

“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind retains its undisturbed calmness.”

Disregard towards the wicked. That is the one I struggle with most. It is the absolute best advice, the absolute hardest thing to do. But in the end, it is all you can do. 

I tend to misindentify the unhappy and the wicked. I want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I want to believe that everyone has good intentions. I want to believe that maybe these figments of the past are simply wounded, hurting, and unhappy. So often do I treat these people with compassion, I try to reach out, I try to offer a hand, I try to be kind to people who are truly wicked. Their intentions are indeed malicious, manipulative and sometimes, down right evil. I don’t want to believe wicked people truly exist, and I certainly don’t want to believe that I know any…but I do. We all do.

Those wicked figments do not care about your mental peace, they disregard your emotions, they are indifferent to the pain or ripples that they cause in your life. What makes some truly more wicked than others, is that they seek that pain in you. They seek out your reactions, they prey on the fact that you will indeed suffer in some way from their behavior & thrive on that energy… 

these are the type of people who need to be disregarded. You cannot retaliate. You cannot react. You cannot sacrifice your mental peace for their inner wickedness. You have to ignore. You have to recognize the unhappy from the truly wicked & proceed with nothingness. Detachment. Let that shit go. 
Which is so much easier said than done….

Today I am working on ignoring. Being indifferent. Disregarding those who seek to threaten my joy and my mental peace ✌️

The practice of yoga is just that.

 Practice. 

By definition yoga is “the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”

When we practice asana,  the physical component of yoga, we are ultimately making space in the body for the mind to be calm, quiescent and undisturbed. 
There is this common misconception that yogis are always calm, centered, nothing affects them and that’s how you have to be to do yoga. That is false. Anyone who fools you into thinking they are a “pure being of light and love.” Is just that. Fooling you. You can be pure. You can be love & light and all those things, but the truth is we all struggle. We all have days where we are destructive… affected…negative. Our mental peace is gone, we are distracted, we fuck up & we give into the disturbing actions & emotions of others & ourselves.

I want you to know that I am human.

 I practice yoga to deal with the consequences of being human. 

I am no pure radiant being of light and love… but I do my best to do good and be good and honor the days where I struggle. & trust me, I struggle.

 But it’s during the times of struggle, when you fully surrender to circumstances you ultimately have zero control over, that’s when shit gets done. That’s where the magic is. That’s the opportunity to use the tools of the practice.



Xoxo 



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