It’s here once more: the cold period. I’ve to confess, that even with daily yoga, reflection, and a holistic way of life, I’m not immune. The familiar grip caught me this year, leading to a couple of days of sensation physically weak and mentally foggy.

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One night in particular stands out, where I’d numerous plans to accomplish my to-do list, and instead discovered myself flat on my back in bed, unable to do or think of anything, but just … be … peaceful.

Initially I resisted this state, struggling to compel myself to be productive somehow. My body struck back, becoming weaker still, up until I finally permitted my yogic perspective and way of living to infiltrate the circumstance, surrendering to my reality, and acknowledging exactly what was genuinely required … rest. Practically instantly, this act of surrender was happily gone along with by a sense of peace and ease, changing my initial tension and stress and anxiety. In the silence I was confronted with the question of what was so crucial that I was frantically trying to achieve?

It’s a frequent tendency in our society, we’ve a hard time, aim, prepare, work: regularly trying to obtain to some future location that we have psychologically developed. A point at which we anticipate that everything will magically come together, work itself out, be ‘best’.

But where’s this mental target that we yearn for and hang on such a valuable pedestal? Even if we can address this concern, almost certainly as soon as we arrive, some other goal will develop, positioning us back in the mode of dissatisfaction and striving.

This isn’t to state that objectives aren’t useful. It’s through our ambitions and aspirations that we grow, develop, and enhance upon life. The drawback comes from ending up being overly focused on these objectives, on the concept that the future offers something significantly remarkable to the present. When we succumb to such a pattern, we lose touch with the world presently in front of us, which offers lots of presents of its own.

At the risk of seeming like the bearer of bad news (or maybe, rather, a gentle pointer of an already known truth … do not shoot the messenger), this grand future goal will likely have many or all of the treasures we visualize. It’ll also, however, have its own difficulties, and will by no stretch of the creativity be ‘ideal’. The structure will certainly look similar to today’s, simply with different contents, that’s all.

Coming back to the troublesome trouble of the cold: while we can not negate the reality that external aspects play a role (colder weather condition, season changes, less daytime, etc.), we can recognize that other facets exist as well.

Illness is typically a sign from our body that we run out balance, that something is ‘off’. Whether it turns into a full-blown attack or just some aggravating signs depends significantly on the degree to which you’re in tune with your body at any provided minute. When a cold begins to come on, do you notice and observe your body’s cautions? Or do you engage in a battle of mind over matter, pushing on with your jobs and overlooking it (or perhaps not even hearing it) till you finally reach the point at which your physical restrictions reclaim their role in the motorist’s seat, and you simply can not press on any more?

Such was my circumstance. As I lay in bed and reflected silently about where I was and how I got there, I couldn’t help however laugh at myself for thinking I might get away with ignoring my body’s requirements. More striking, nevertheless, was the incredible peace and tranquility that emerged when I eventually stopped withstanding and accepted what was needed in the first location. Harmony in between my mind and body was restored, there was no more a battle, and my attention returned fully to the present minute.

This simple yet profound power that originates from acknowledging the right here and now as it is, rather than as we believe it ought to be, has the capability to cause wonderful shifts in our lives, enabling us to more fully embody the art of living.

The lesson stemmed from this circumstance was truly useful and worth sharing. Embrace the world and your life AS IT IS. See the excellence in the imperfection and allow it to be. All this from that aggravating little cold … huh, who ‘d have believed they bring a lot knowledge,)

To your health,


Become more in tune with your body by taking part in self-awareness activities.

For instance, attempt the reclining mountain present in yoga:

  1. Lay flat on the floor, legs outstretched, arms at hands.
  2. Close your eyes and bring all your attention onto your breathing. Breath softly.
  3. Start to discover your legs and any stress that’s triggering you to withstand the pull of gravity. Launch the stress with each exhale. Enable yourself to let go.
  4. Repeat this process, moving up your legs and torso, down your arms, up your shoulders, neck and head, your face.
  5. See what you notice and just how much you’ve the ability to physically relax while being mentally aware.
  6. Hear the subtle workings and messages of the knowledge in your body. Accept them.

Like this technique?

Explore the book ‘Self-Awakening Yoga’ By Don Stapleton.