The only difference between a flower that is alive and one that is dead is that the live flower is still growing.
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Intention is defined as setting an expectation for yourself, an expectation for your personal evolution. Going to yoga class helps us reconnect to our commitment to grow by giving us time to focus on our key intentions known as sankalpa. The consistency of the yogic practice (sadhana) supports us to keep these promises. When we come to the mat we inherently contract with ourselves to continue to expand our range. Therefore, we do not stop aspiring to spiritual development even once we’ve attained an intention.
When I was little my Mama measured us (me and my brother) against the door in our house and marked the little lines proving I was actually growing physically. I loved that! I was sad the day she stopped measuring at five foot two and a half and I stopped physically growing because I liked seeing my progress.
As adults, more important than physical growth, is our spiritual and emotional growth–that has no chronological limit. In the practice of “Yoga Cikitsa,” Yoga as Therapy, we always ask ourselves in the words of Gary Kraftsow, “Am I making things better?” This gets to the heart of an important question: ARE YOU STILL GROWING?
You can manifest growth in many ways, for instance:
- Are you challenging yourself to learn new poses?
- Are you deepening a conscious relationship? (Finding better ways to solve problems, creating a fresh vision)
- Are you trying new types of food?
- Are you going new places? (Maybe its time for a yoga retreat? The Dalai Lama says, “Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before.”)
- Are you learning another language?
- Are you expanding your range of read books? (Promise to read at least 4 books this year. According to the Pew Research Center, only 14 percent of Americans read at least 2-3 books last year.)
- Are you making new friends?
- Are you going deeper in familiar poses?
- Are you learning a new skill, developing a new hobby, trying new things?
- Instead of going to work today, what would you really want to be doing?
It was as a result of meditating on “Am I Still Growing?” that some years ago I made the commitment to start leading worldwide yoga retreats combined with other ways to express one’s vitality like surfing, zip lining, cycling, kayaking and hiking. I sold my successful nine year old Yoga Studio to develop a new way to hold space and create opportunities for others to invest in their own personal development off the mat. I believe that for most, going to a new country and trying new things creates discomfort and yet it is always outside of our comfort zone that we experience the most growth and evolution.
We all deserve to keep expanding in order to mature spiritually and emotionally. Most of all, I certainly want us to consciously flourish into a kinder, more patient, and more loving world. And I wholeheartedly believe we feel most inspired when we’re still growing. Today, recommit to affirm your best intentions through growth!
Love yourself, love your day, love your life!
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Daily Cup of Yoga contributor Silvia Mordini, E-RYT, retreat leader, happiness coach, and yogipreneur. Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling around the globe, she is an enthusiastic citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. She has over 10,000 hours and 15 years of teaching experience, owned a yoga studio for 9 years and after being run over by a car used yoga to recover physically and emotionally. Silvia leads Alchemy Tours Yoga Retreats and Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training.
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