Defeat Your Worst Enemy

“ I find my worst enemy is the same enemy we all have…ourselves.

What I fight against really does not exist,

It is only distorted reflection of true self.”

When we’re distracted, we cannot concentration

Without concentration, there is no meditation

And without meditation… there is no yoga!

Embrace discomfort like the champions do. Soon it subsides, we enjoy the benefits of the change and the pain is forgotten. we’ve reached a new, higher plateau of achievement. Enjoy the view for a short while. But be on guard because it’s not long before that higher level becomes our new comfort zone and then its time to press on again.

A gram of practice is worth a ton of theory.”

Saints have described the Mind as a restless monkey having taken a full dose of an alcoholic intoxicant, at the same time possessed by a demon. A monkey is usually restless; if you give alcohol to him you can imagine how restless he will be. If a demon enters in, you can well imagine. So, the human mind has been compared to a monkey in this condition. The greater achievement of the practice is the attainment of extreme love and positive attitude, love for God, love for the spiritual masters and love for all beings. That is the main thing without that, without the love for the one Soul, and without realizing your own soul; YOGA will be mere exercises giving limited benefits.

Most of the time we are our own worst enemy, and any pain, aggravation or stress we’re experiencing is simply coming from our own actions and reactions toward everything. Just by changing our actions and reactions to everything, we can, and WILL change the results. In yoga, It’s called Pratipaksha Bhavana, which refers to a conscious effort to immediately, by an act of will, replace any negative or lower thought as soon as it arises, with an opposite, more virtuous and positive one. Maybe that simple attitude adjustment sounds like a bit of “wishful thinking” sort of stuff, but what we’re doing here is actually very scientific and profound. We might think that everything we say and do results from a process of lucid, rational thought? That is just not true. Pretty much all of our daily actions and words are actually just unconscious reactions, things that just “come out of us” as a result of a lifetime of conditioning, with very little conscious thought ever entering the MInd. What we’re doing with the practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana is creating a Stimulus-Response Gap … a short pause between the “taking in” of an external situation, and our reacting to it  … a brief moment to stop and consciously formulate our actions and words instead of letting the autopilot “auto response mechanism” decide what comes out of us. We are taking control of our thoughts and actions, making them positive, beneficial ones, instead of just letting ourselves “mindlessly react.   ”Creating conscious actions, instead of unconscious reactions! The more we do this the more we re-condition our behaviour and reformulate that set of reactions that used to get us into trouble in the past. By consciously thinking before we speak or act, over time we are able to shorten that stimulus-response gap to the point where we’ve re-trained our subconscious to spontaneously act and re-act in a more positive, evolutionary way to everything. And guess what? We naturally produce less stressful results for ourselves. Doesn’t that make perfect sense? But even if we don’t care about the science behind it all, it still works.

The Power is, as they say, IN THE PRACTICE.