In yoga, we often talk about non-attachment, particularly when it comes to our thoughts. But, sometimes it’s great to do some investigative reporting.
As is customary, I am reading several books at once. One of them is Buddhist Bootcamp, by Timber Hawkeye. As is also customary, I often highlight or capture in a journal those statements or quotes that I find compelling and transformative.
I find it refreshing that he suggests we f0llow our thoughts out of curiosity.
“Habitually contemplate whether your thoughts stem from love or from fear. If your thoughts originate in love, then follow them. If they originate from a place of fear, then dig deep to find the root of your fear. Only then will you be able to finally let go, so fear no longer limits your possibilities.”
It’s quite fascinating when you follow your thoughts, judgements and emotional responses like a curious cat. You may find that what you think may be a root cause for a preconception or fear, isn’t at all.
I’ve been trying to take Timber’s challenge a step further, and I pass that onto you. Rather than stopping at finding out the source of your fear, continue your journey and see if you can find the source below the source. See if you can illuminate the darkness with compassion.
For example, if you find yourself glowering at someone who’s annoying you, dig deep to find out what that feeling is really about. Have the courage to look into how you may possess those qualities, accept them and find a wellspring of compassion.
It’s there. I promise.
(Photo: Flickr / Dominique LaTour)
- Your Charmed Yogi