"Learning to listen to my heart, through embodiment practices, has given me the space to meet life with more clarity"
The Bhagavad Gita an intricate book about the intention of living your Dharma, is an enriching metaphoric tale of how we should live our live.
Let me provide you with a small snippet of the story - Arjuna sits on the battle field with Krishna discussing a difficult task that Arjuna must complete. Krishna tells him that he must do something that is totally devastating to Arjuna, but tells him that this task must be done.
As a yogi, I hope you will read the text and take what is useful for you. .
Firstly, Krishna tells Arjuna that the journey of your dharma clears your karmic path. I translate this part of the text that when we connect with our true purpose in life, we will encounter lessons. I do believe that these lessons are related to karma, which is often created from our beliefs and experiences in life. But when we truly find what we are meant to do, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the road will be easy. As we encounter ourselves on the journey of our purpose, it will invite us to grow and be the best version of ourselves.
More often than not, it requires us to get out of our own way. I can’t tell you the number of times this has been true for me in my own journey!
Krishna also tells Arjuna that it is better to perform your dharma poorly than to perform another’s dharma well. Our purpose in this life does not mean that we will necessarily be the best (who knows what this means anyway, or how one can judge it), but it does require passion and commitment. In my experience, it has been easy to do the things that I am naturally good at, but not as easy to undertake the tasks that my heart centered purpose requires. For example, I used to teach a really strong asana based power flow. I was good at the asana side of the practice and I knew the mechanics of poses quite well. As time went on teaching only asana, or teaching asana as the goal, didn’t align with the impact I wanted to have on the world.
Changing my style of teaching has also meant re-learning how to communicate with my students and community, what type of student I wanted to connect with, and facing fears around being seen for who I am. It was really scary to shift who I was as a teacher, but it also meant doing what was meaningful to my heart. And I could not ignore that.
Learning to listen to my heart, through embodiment practices, has given me the space to meet life with more clarity. It has taught me to meet myself with love - which helps when fears arise. It has given me a richer, more vibrant way to meet life. It has taught me to soften and to see possibilities where there were not any before. More than that, it has taught me to pursue my purpose, and to trust bigger forces in actioning it into the world. Through connecting to my heart, I have learned to manifest from a place of fullness rather than from fear and lack. And it has also taught me that when I listen, the answers are always available.
Written by Christina Gagnier.
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Heart Centered Dharma: An Embodied Flow Experience is a workshop Christina is leading on Saturday 27th April 27th April 1.30pm - 4.30pm
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