I first discovered yoga when I was about eighteen years old. I was then still living in Tunisia, North Africa. My very first hour of yoga turned out to be the first step of a thousand-mile journey of discovery of self, of life—of the world. That one hour turned out to be the seed of a new secret garden that I grew inside me and went to whenever I needed seclusion. A safe place filled with all colors of blooms, tall trees and celestial light which gave me solace, healing and clarity—A sanctuary I could take with me wherever I went.
As a high school kid, I was at times desperately lost, looking for answers to my teenage troubles, ranging from longing to find love, to figuring out what to do with my life. The only help option available to me then, was to commiserate with other teenage friends—a futile exercise, which quickly became obsolete. Seeking advice from my parents was out of question, since I perceived them to be passés. They wouldn’t understand my problems, I convinced myself.
Then a friend, who was a college student, suggested I attend this one hour event—yoga.
By the end of that hour of yoga, I found myself sobbing at the baggage I saw inside me once I turned inward. That one hour of yoga turned me inside out and brought my stored pain onto the surface, for me to observe and heal. Sure one would say, why would I want to stir things up? Wouldn’t it be better to leave things alone? Why not let the sleeping dogs lie?
The answer is yes and no. Yes, looking inward, especially during your troubled times, is akin of disturbing the sleeping dogs. No, because you get to look at these dogs one by one acknowledge them and dismiss them—set them free.
If you find that things are “for some reason you can’t explain”, not working out, and not turning out the way you wished,
♥ it’s time to turn inward. The sooner you look within, the sooner you start to heal yourself, your life, and your world.
♥ It is time to put down the burdens you’ve carried for too long.
♥ It is time to leave your worries behind.
♥ It is time to create room for better energy—positive energy that will steer you in the right direction.
♥ It is time to replace anger with tranquility and resolve.
♥ It is time to replace hate and resentment with love and forgiveness.
♥ It is time to create room for better people to find a cozy corner in your heart.
♥ It is time to move forward, centered, and confident.
No one else can do it for you. No one else can set you free.
As Natasha Bedingfield says in “Unwritten”, one of my favorite songs:
“…Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in…
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten…”
As you continue to practice the art of yoga, meditation and self-discovery, you begin to realize the power of SELF—The power of one.
Please read part II of this blog at https://secretus.org/2013/05/29/discover-the-power-of-one-part-ii/.
I leave you with the song “Unwritten” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7k0a5hYnSI
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