This past weekend, I attended a Kundalini yoga retreat that was absolutely wonderful and much needed. During the weeks leading up to the retreat, I was in a constant state of go-go-go and do-do-do so much so that I reached the point of burning out. This weekend of stillness and living moment to moment helped me recharge my energy and reset my heart and mind. Below are three key reflections that I think will help you live more in the present.
Let Go of the Past
During the retreat, we focused on letting things go in a few meditations. Any meditation that has to do with letting go is great for me because I tend to hold onto the past, especially if I do not like or understand the final outcome. Actually meditating and chanting for a long period of time instead of simply telling myself to let go was a whole different experience.
In Kundalini yoga, there is chanting, movement, and also stillness that helps you to clear any old energy that no longer serves you. During these meditations, the past memories and experiences that I’ve been holding onto kept coming up and I had to actively let go of them each time. Letting go is not easy for many of us, but I know we would all be better off if we were fully present.
I know I will continue to work towards letting go of those energies that no longer serve me. There is no point in reliving the past because life is happening in the present. it is not happening yesterday or tomorrow. Choose to focus on the present and see what the Universe is trying to tell you.
I am a goal oriented person who loves to check things off her to-do list. However, that mindset burns me out every so often and somehow, I never learn to slow down. When I was on this retreat, I decided to turn off my phone so that I could enjoy each and every moment. Being fully present allowed me to engage in meaningful conversations with old and new friends and process my meditation experiences without any distractions.
Culture tells us that in order to be successful, we have to be busy. We are conditioned to think that always being on the go is normal. Being so busy that you do not have any time for yourself is no way to live.
When our schedules are constantly full, we do not have time or energy to truly get to know ourselves. When we make the time and effort to get to know ourselves, we begin to live in more alignment with the Universe and become closer to where we are truly meant to be. That sounds more like success to me. I encourage you to make time for stillness every single day. It can be five minutes or thirty minutes. It can be through meditation or through journaling. It can be a walk outside with no technology. Find something that works for you so that you can be alone with your thoughts and truly get to know yourself.
We Are Light & Love
Within all of us, there is light and love that we forget about because of our past experiences. Our past experiences shape our ego and our ego works to protect us. With that comes anxiety, stress, negativity, overthinking, etc., and that inner peace we all have gets pushed aside.
My biggest takeaway from this retreat is this: we get to choose our thoughts. Before this retreat, I was aware of my thoughts and trying to “throw them away, but I never thought of the word choose. I can choose to let go of the thoughts and energies that are no longer serving me. I can choose to think in light and love. I can choose to be the light and be love even when it’s hard.
Becoming aware of what is shaping your thoughts is an eye-opening experience that will allow you to tune in to who you truly are and live in a flow with the Universe.
I hope that you can let go of the things that no longer serve your present so you can move on from the past. I hope that you can find moments of stillness to recharge and reset your heart and mind. I hope that you choose the thoughts that are shaped from light and love so that you can live with intention and peace. May you be guided on your journey and trust that the Universe has your back.