By Nancy Ruby, YogaMotion Founder and Director, E-RYT500
As the New Year dawns, many of us turn inward reflecting on all that unfolded over the past 365 days. And we ask ourselves what we want in our next circle around the sun. In America, 45% of people make a Formal Resolution to change something in the upcoming year. Unfortunately, most of those changes never occur.
In researching the most common New Year resolutions, this is what I found:
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Eat more healthily
- Take a more active approach to health
- Less screen time – tv, phone, computer
- Spend more time on personal wellbeing
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Drink less alcohol
- Quit smoking
All of these resolutions have a common outcome – A level of wellbeing that will have us feeling comfortable in our body, relaxed in our mind, at home with our loved ones, and in control of our choices.
Why is this so much easier said than done? And, more importantly, why are we not feeling well in the first place? What is pulling us in such a direction that our health has become a problem to be resolved?
Yoga offers us the answer… it’s called the Ahamkara – our Ego.
Aham means “I am” and kar means to do or to act. Ahamkara literally means, “I am doing” and refers to the ego. Now if we could only do what we say we want to do. However, the ego strongly prefers the familiar, justifying its actions based on its own survival. It is continually protecting and defending itself, struggling against any kind of change or the feeling of being different. The doing it prefers is the same doing it did yesterday and the day before that and the day before that, because “that is what I do”, according to the ego, and “what I do is what I am, and if I change what I am doing, I feel threatened.”
The funny thing is, if there is one thing we can know for sure, change happens. All the time. Life is in constant flux. And so are we, whether we are conscious of it or not.
For example, we all know that it’s wise to eat less, exercise more, and get outside often. If we don’t, then most likely, our body will slowly become weaker and heavier and our mind less sharp and more lethargic. This is the inevitable change that occurs, thus the common New Year Resolutions are desired.
To make a change in that outcome would mean you’d have to follow a healthy meal plan, stop snacking, and wake up 30 minutes earlier to take a walk outdoors. This change would most likely lead to a fitter body and clearer mind, maybe even more joy. Yet, it also means a change in your daily patterns, and that is where the Ahamkara will sabotage our efforts with its strong attachment to staying the same.
Within a conversation last week I was asked about cleaning up one’s diet to cleanse the body after the holidays. I shared my suggestions and my friend said to me, “I don’t want to be too healthy.” At first flabbergasted by the statement, I now see that it was her ahamkara mind state not wanting to be different, not wanting to give up the known habits that have created an identity that feels familiar.
What, I ask, is too healthy? What does that statement mean to you? I’d love to hear.
Yoga also offers a solution to this ego resolution.
Enter the Buddhi mind – our higher self. The part of our mind that reasons, analyzes, asserts and arranges.
Bodh mean To Know.
This is the discriminative mind that sees differences without comparison. It is a state of wisdom. It balances the Ahamkara, or ego mind, as Buddhi mind is the non-doer, the powerful onlooker, our witness consciousness.
When we sense a need or desire to change, it is the Buddhi mind that must come forth, offering us a sort of magic wand, giving new meaning and new significance to everything we do. It is in this state of mind that we can safely begin to transform the ego within the daily routine of our life.
It is a dance of polarities that require us to stay alert, observing if we are in the ego part of mind or in the buddhi mind. This dance, when well attended to, will move us in the direction of change that supports the actions leading toward health and wellbeing. Toward a state of balance.
We are always moving towards balance, or away from it. In which direction do you feel yourself moving?
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Happy New Year.
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