Life itself is a practice, from beginning to end.
Sometime in college, I realized that I wanted to be better than I was. Not at anything in particular, just a better human. I had already been practicing yoga for some time, but I could not seem to yolk all the pieces of my life and my practice. The more I tried to be 'yogi', the more I felt like a fraud or a failure. I practiced, I read, I studied, I meditated. I tried to live by the yamas and niyamas. I played with all different codes of conduct and morality, but it all felt forced. And I still was still just me.
So I took a different approach to my self-betterment. I decided to try to unlearn everything I 'knew' to be 'right' or 'wrong', and learn to approach life more clearly. To do this, I needed to relate more directly to reality. I read books on Buddhism and Bodhichitta. I compiled ideas and philosophies that spoke to me from all different traditions and religions.
I practiced living more mindfully. What was the true intention behind my every thought, word, action, reaction? Because only I knew what my intentions were, only I knew if they aligned with how I wanted to show up in the world. While yoga and meditation serve as vehicles for my growth and betterment, I am always the driver. Change cannot happen unless I make it happen.
It is forever a work-in-progress. I am forever evolving and forever practicing.
"It's not a question of learning much. On the contrary, it's a question of unlearning much." OSHO
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