Striving too hard: a 3 minute exercise for inner balance.

We hear a lot of talk about inner wisdom, and going "within." 

Sometimes when we try to go within and experience the state of peace and unity that so many people talk about, we just feel like we are hitting against a brick wall. We might be tired, angry, or simply stressed out for too long. We can't sit still. It doesn't work. 

These are the times when we need to be exceedingly gentle with ourselves. To continue committing ourselves to what we know to be true, but gently.

When we are having a hard time, and we know that going within, meditating and returning ti a state of mental and energetic equilibrium is what we need, we sometimes try to go within to "get" a specific result and to force ourselves into a better state of mind or into an answer to a problem.

Our inner world doesn't work that way. Come to think of it, our outer world doesn't work that way either. 

You may have heard the phrase "how you do one thing is how you do everything." We ascend and heal ourselves on all levels at the same time, not just in one aspect of our life. So when we are searching for "the answer" to a problem by going within, and force ourselves to have an experience of some kind, we are also doing a disservice to our growth in other areas of our life. In fact, forcing ourselves and having an expectation of ourselves in spiritual practice can lead us to come up against our hard edges again and again, without progress.

To find the balance born of going within while holding the intention of knowing ourselves and experiencing truth, whatever that may be in this moment. We need to practice gently and without needing to return from the other side with some tangible prize of our efforts. We must go within in a very tender, light hearted way.

Fortunately for us, we are beings with physical bodies. This means that there are a whole host of different ways we can engage our body and breath to influence our mind and our inner experience.

Below is a basic practice for balancing this inner and outer striving. Don't think too much about it, just do it. Be fully present during the entire video and then let go of whatever results or attachments to the results might occur when you are finished. This is one moment in time where you can receive this gift. Sat Nam.

After practicing, I'd love to connect with you. What challenges are asking you to go deeper within yourself right now? How can I be of service to you?

In Light