Choose better thoughts

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

I hope you are enjoying your month and the transition into shorter days and longer nights.  As the earth turns towards my ‘darker’ and more challenging cycle, the mantra I’m incorporating is: Choose better thoughts.  Can it really be that simple? Yes.  And so extremely complicated at the same time.  Christy Marsden

What do you give your attention to?  Thought has form.  It just happens to be very subtle.  But the more we think something, the more gross it becomes.  Over and over we think thoughts.  And over time, they take shape.  They form into the world around us.  Many thoughts we just think because everyone else does.  We don’t even know that some thoughts we think are just a strong collection of similar thoughts that have pulled us into their vibration.  We are unaware that we are thinking about what we believe to be reality without question. Therefore it becomes.

Now, having thoughts you don’t like or that make you feel bad and getting stuck in them is normal and I’m sure all of us experience that on some level.  That’s not what this is about.  But rather it is what we think about and give our attention to day in and day out, over and over again for long periods of time that can anchor us into the heaviness of form.

Choose better thoughts.  I’ve found it to be the answer to my quest for a better life.  Think your life into being.  Over and over again, give your thoughts to what you want.  Over and over again, breathe deeply and look around at now.  Pay attention.  What are you thinking about? What you focus on consistently will most often win in the battle of shapes.

Ever heard the Cherokee legend of the two wolves inside of us?

One evening, an elderly
Cherokee brave told his
grandson about a battle that
goes on inside people.

He said “my son, the battle is
between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is evil. It is anger,
envy, jealousy, sorrow,
regret, greed, arrogance,
self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride,
superiority, and ego.

The other is good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about
it for a minute and then asked
his grandfather:

“Which wolf wins?…”

The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one that you feed”

Noticing the thoughts I give my attention to or ‘feed’ has literally changed my life. The awareness was the first step. I started paying attention.  One of the many gifts that yoga has given me is the ability to choose something that I want to focus on and then the determination and practice to maintain that focus.  Over and over again. When we can hold our attention on something, we start to create a groove in that direction and if we can hold it on what we want long enough, the channel of what we don’t want will eventually dry up.

The key to creating a new groove is to keep at it even if we ‘fail’ 1000 times.  Just as with anything we practice with enough commitment, consistency, enthusiasm and conviction, we do get better at it.  And over time, it does get easier…and maybe even fun.   Think about your first down dog… your first back bend… your first inversion… your first hip opener… your first chant.  Think about them now.  Are they easier?  Maybe even fun?  The same holds true with the thoughts we think.  Choose better thoughts.  It will get easier and then you can really start to have some fun!

We have some wonderful classes, workshops and events coming up to explore, deepen and celebrate this practice we love so much, so please check it all out.

Thank you for being a part of Yoga Blend.  We appreciate you choosing our studio to practice in.

With infinite love and gratitude…