Change your attitude. Change your life. You are in the present. Your goals need to be in the present, too. How a subtle mental shift can transform your entire outlook on life! 🙂
I love iRest yoga nidra. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. A special form of meditation, iRest yoga nidra not only allows the body to relax, but it also helps you to examine and deal with your life and your deepest desires. (For serious.) You’d be amazed how much junk you hold onto in your body and your mind and, once you examine them, how liberating you feel.
Moreover, iRest yoga nidra takes you from the someday to the right now.
A step in the process of iRest yoga nidra is acknowledging your “heartfelt desire.” You silently state your motivation in coming to the practice that day and then you look towards your greater life motivation and goals. For example, it may be “I wish to be at peace with myself,” or “I wish to live a pain-free life,” or “I wish to to be successful.” The list of potential goals and desires can be quite long and vary from person to person. In my post the “Opposite of Love is Fear” I discuss my goal of being more loving and helping to change the world through love.
What iRest asks us to do that DIRECTLY translates to all aspects of our life is to take away the “I wish” or “I am going” to before our goals and desires. To replace that “going” with the PRESENT TENSE of “I am.”
For example from my iRest examples above:
I am peace.
I am free of pain.
I am successful.
I am love.
See the difference? How does this apply to ME outside of yoga nidra, you may ask?
Think of the common goals you hear people say (or you say):
Someday, I will run a marathon.
I wish I was healthier.
I would be happy if only I did xyz.
When I have the time to learn more, I am going to get my finances is order and pay off my student loans.
I wish I was insert career goal here.
I wish I could stop worrying and just let things happen.
Here’s what happens when you change those goals to the present tense:
I am a marathoner.
I am healthy.
I am happy.
I am capable of understanding my finances.
I am a insert career goal here.
Right, now free write a list of goals and desires you have for the future.
Seriously, grab a pen and WRITE DOWN at LEAST 10 things you want in your life. They can be big personal goals, or they can be small little things. There is NO wrong answer.
Got the list? Ready? GOOD!
Now, take that list AND PUT THEM IN THE PRESENT TENSE.
Read over the present tense version.
How do you feel now?
Acknowledging that we are already what we want to be is the key to success. The key to happiness. The key to loving our lives and making the most of our time here on earth.
Instead of worrying. Instead of saying “someday” or “I wish” or “I am going to.” Make it NOW. Acknowledge ALL you have inside of you right now.
The future is now. You already have the tools inside of you to receive your greatest desires. You just need to acknowledge your own capabilities. You are all you need to be. 🙂