Strength of mind
Swami Veda Bharati
What is the aim of yoga besides what’s in it for me? It is more than easy and cheap psychology help. At a certain point, you need to transcend that. Yoga outlines universal principles then applies them to your life. It doesn’t just help you solve problems – it helps you to lead a life in which problems don’t arise. When you throw a pebble in a calm lake, it makes waves. The waves aren’t the lake. Psychology analyzes the waves, not the mind. They encourage you to look at experiences to find reasons why you’re anxious, etc. There is a part of your mind which is untouched by these experiences – draw your peace from there.
The mind is like a field of energy and it can be low or high voltage. Why are you scared, anxious, worried? There may be a difficulty or weakness but the real difficulty or weakness is in the mind, not in the situation. Don’t be hard. Be strong. Hardness is not strength. Strength is pliable, flexible. Flowing water wears away rocks. Build your strength then it can be applied to given situations. Yoga raises your capacity and increases mind energy through concentration and conservation.
Awaken your mind. We can’t cure individual fears and insecurities yet we can strengthen the mind and overcome that way. You can’t blame people and solve your problems. Remember– there is a part of the mind which is not affected by any of these. Focus on your strengths and the weaknesses will take care of themselves.
Present Moment (Pema Chodron)
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