I interpret samskaras as scars on the heart; wounds that develop as a result of the repetitive self-lacerating behaviors and thoughts that emanate from negative experiences, relationships, ways of being. I have a lot of experience with samskaras and have become more agile through the practice of yoga and meditation at releasing them.
Here are some of my first steps to freedom:
Recognize your core negative beliefs and re-phrase them. This is 99% of the process of letting them go.
6 most common Patterns of negativity and suggested re-phrasing:
- I am powerless/I am responsible for creating my life. (Big one for me)
- I have to sacrifice what I want due to scarcity/My life is abundant (Another big one for me)
- Life is a struggle/It’s okay for me to relax and have fun. (Just started doing this one regularly this year.)
- I’m an unworthy person/I love and accept myself. (Better!)
- I fear failure, success or power/It’s ok for me to risk being myself. (Unfortunately for me, this one can still be a check!)
- I don’t trust myself/I trust the higher power inside of me. (Another one that has improved for me)
I work this process of awareness almost every day with myself and have begun introducing it to my customers as a beginning tool for connecting to the essence of who they truly are and their highest bliss.
It starts with breath, an invitation to ignite from within, an opportunity to let go of suffering and experience expansive freedom.
It ends with the stillness of the exhale; our own essential nature resting in peace with itself. Such access to the spirit of who we truly are is an invitation open to all. Leaning into the light of our hearts can be a daily phenomena.
I open myself to freedom by recognizing the limited self-sabotaging patterns that no longer serve me. And through the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat, I can begin to let them go, and well and truly live.
Big Loving Namaste!