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Change Your Mind, Change The World

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This year has been rich and often difficult. We have all experienced the pain of the death of many things as well as the birthing pains of what's coming next. It's also true some of the pain we've been feeling is the birthing pains of a new age, one that is characterized by greater personal and global consciousness, one where love will reign supreme. Many say that the recent conjunction of and Jupiter and Saturn on the Solstice marked the official transition into this new age. And since the whole is represented in each of its parts we can help to usher in this new world by discovering practices that help us realize that the solutions to the world’s problems only lie within. Alice Walker and others have said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

 

Another great mind, none other than Albert Einstein, said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Therefore, in light of what we are being born into and how we can take an active role, in order to save our planet and ourselves, we must change our fundamental state of consciousness. 

Change Your Mind

Yoga Nidra is both an effective and enjoyable way of changing your state of consciousness, the way your body, mind, and spirit are feeling in the moment. Yet, through regularly changing your state of consciousness, you begin to increase your stage of consciousness, your fundamental approach to the world.


Nidra is a Sanskrit word meaning sleep, and Yoga Nidra is often called “the yoga of sleep” because it is a form of guided meditation that uses relaxation and a system of organized and layered awareness to take you through a journey into a liminal state between waking and dreaming consciousness. It is here, in this liminal state, that you discover that your mind, body, and spirit together contain a pathway that leads to the gates of perfect presence, wholeness, and Oneness.

The Yoga of Sleep

Yoga Nidra is a potent catalyst for massive personal growth, giving you the direct tools and direction to become the person you are destined to become…the greater You who is destined to change the world. 

In a beautiful paradox, the yoga of sleep is actually about waking up to the powerful being that you are. Some of the most powerful forces in the world can also be the most gentle, just like a whispering wind and the soft laps of a river which carve massive and formidable stones from canyon walls.

Yoga Nidra opens your eyes and wakes you up to the very nature of your being, that of limitless power and beauty. It opens your ears to hear the ancient wisdom of sages whispering to you that your true identity is that of Awareness itself. The gentle practice of Yoga Nidra leads you down a pathway to feel your truest essence, one of boundless equanimity, pure love, and absolute clarity. This practice helps you feel yourself existing as a resounding and Universal YES! 


Come Alive

“As above, so below,” so as Yoga Nidra helps you heal yourself and come alive, the world heals and comes alive.

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

-Howard Thurman

One of the things I love so much about Yoga Nidra is that anyone can do it. You don’t need any prior experience. You don’t need to prove yourself by meditating in a cave in Tibet for 40 years to gain any benefit or insight. This is a practice that is as pleasant as it is illuminating. It’s as easy as lying down, closing your eyes, and getting obscenely relaxed while I guide you through an exquisite, layered exploration of Awareness. You will likely enter a state of deeply relaxed clarity and alertness. Even if you fall asleep that’s ok, you might need it. And hey, if after Yoga Nidra, the world gets a more-rested version of you, it will be better for it. Regardless, if you get so relaxed that you fall asleep, the part of yourself that you source in Yoga Nidra is always paying attention. 

Photo by David Newkirk

Yoga Nidra is a two-fold path. While opening a profound doorway to the Universal You, it also addresses the immediate needs of the not-so-universal you. It has become an essential resource for millions across the globe because it’s such a powerful, natural, and effective agent to counter stress, sleep like a champ, and conquer your inner asshole (aka helps you be the version of yourself that can respond compassionately to life’s challenges rather than reacting to them)— all absolute musts for the year we’ve had. 

Perhaps best of all, Yoga Nidra facilitates clarion insight about your life’s purpose and problems. It evokes your deep inner-wisdom and gives you the clarity necessary to make practical and actionable changes in your life, not only for how you act in the world, but also how you relate to it. It wakes you up to the truth that the solutions to personal and world problems exist inside of you, not outside, helping you to heal body, mind, and spirit. As you heal yourself, you heal the world. And just like the gentle forces of wind and water, this relaxing but powerful practice is quietly helping to shape a new world … one nap at a time. 

To learn more about how Yoga Nidra can help you in your every-day life, take a look at this online Yoga Nidra course: Waking Up with the Yoga of Sleep.

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US. He’s taught classes, trainings and workshops in New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and L.A. as well as in Europe and Asia. Scott is the author of Practical Yoga Nidra: The 10-Step Method to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, he loves to write for print and online publications such as Yogi Times, Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program. Scott is currently living in Salt Lake City after living in Southern France with his family.

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