True commitment requires us to go within and ask ourselves what matters and what are we willing to do about it?? These are warrior times we are living in, requiring us to know who we are like never before. We have to take a good, hard look at our ugly and disowned parts and to take accountability for all of it. No one wants to do this because it is downright hard. It requires an unwavering commitment and dedication to something so much bigger than. No one can do it for us and no one can do it alone. We have to stop leading from our heads and take the initiative to lead from our hearts. These times are inviting us to take a good look at what matters and drop the rest. Of course, that is much easier said than done because it requires a massive shift in consciousness. It requires a dedication to love and a longing to merge with the Beloved.
A Sufi poet once said, “Life means longing. Progress is only possible through Longing. As the Path of Progress is Infinite, there should be infinite longing. Thus Longing becomes itself, a form of the Infinite, to be desired for its own sake. The other name for Longing is Love.”
In Yoga we call this the Iccha Shakti, the power of our will to evolve, to grow and to merge with the divine.
Try this simple 10 minute Practice to Cultivate the Commitment for Transformation:
Breath of Fire
Sit comfortably in a chair or cushion. Rest the hands on the thighs or extend the arms out in a V shape. Take some deep Ujayyi breaths. Then begin breath of fire pumping the naval in on each exhale. Cultivate energy in the solar plexus and focus you intention on that area of the body. Do 2 rounds, 2 minutes each.
Stand on one leg and bring the opposite foot to the inner calf or inner thigh if possible. Root down through the standing leg. Bring the hands into prayer in front of the heart or arms over head. Hold for at least 2 minutes on each side and focus on your hearts longing. Stand for what’s important to you on the inner level. Breathe and Embody your power and commitment!!!!
Stand with feet one leg length apart. Turn one foot straight out and leave the back foot parallel to the back edge of the mat. Bend the front knee to a ninety degree angle, arms extend out from the sides. Stay for 2 minutes each side. Commit to standing strong with an open heart. Be unwavering in your stand and do it for love…as love!
Sit for 3 minutes meditating on what your deepest desire is in your heart.