Not an Escape

Written by on November 6, 2018 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Meditation with 1 Comment

Entering Sacred Space

Something unique happens when we come to the yoga studio or sit on our meditation cushions. We close the door behind us, shutting the noisy world outside. We remove the dirt and insulation of our well-worn shoes, forgetting for a moment the path we have trodden to arrive. We take off our coats, those heavy responsibilities we carry like burdens. We even drop our bag carrying our identification card proclaiming who we are.

And then, lighter, like walking on sacred ground, we enter the yoga studio or meditation center and roll out our mat or set up our cushion to sit, our sacred practice space. 


There's No Escape

It's difficult not to feel like we are escaping from something. The irony is that the more we try to escape the world, the more the world seems to be on our heels. You may say to yourself, “I'm consciously escaping the world. Ah, how sweet!” But the moment you step out of the studio it feels as though what you were trying to escape has you by the throat again. “Damn you, World!” you cry as you pump your fist in the air. Unfortunately, our problems and circumstances don't go away because we choose to ignore them.
Instead, as we practice yoga, we choose to momentarily hang up our responsibilities and problems like our coat on the hook. Yes, and so doing, we refine the conversation with our truer selves, the constant part of us that is the same whether or not we made our mortgage payment on time. In yoga practice, we quiet and focus our minds, open our hearts, and ground ourselves as we move, strengthen, and stretch our bodies, the divine vehicle for mind and spirit. And as we get into the groove of our practice, our practice feels more real than even our mortgage payment.


Changing Your Relationship


CREDIT Adam Jones
Model: Niels Alpert

After class, having touched this truer self, we now have the privilege to go back and grab our bag, don our coat, and put on our shoes, now with a different relationship to our responsibilities. Either they are no longer a burden but rather a sacred stewardship, one that grows from the relationship we have with the brilliance of our truer selves, or we now have the clarity and courage to change that which doesn't make us feel alive. Our problems don't change but our relationship to them does.
As we practice yoga and meditation regularly and apply this concept of relationship, we begin to treat our life like our yoga practice, balanced with steadiness and ease, with power and grace, and with an open heart and full attention. Now, we are summoning our highest selves to lead this life. With this higher self in control, what we finally escape is not the entire world, just the part of it that contained that old self who carried all those burdens and who lacked the power to make courageous changes.


Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in New York City and when he's not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Hawaii and Amalfi Coast , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

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  1.' clnews says:

    Awesome article, Scott! Thanks!!! -Ross

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