Sensitivity and courage to surrender and follow the heart

Isvara pranidhana means surrendering to the universal- all the other yamas and niyamas have set us up to act and live as best we can, and then relinquishing all attachment to the outcome of our actions. Only by releasing our fears and hopes for the future can we really be in union with the present moment.

Paradoxically, this surrender requires tremendous strength. To surrender the fruits of our actions requires that we give up our egotistical illusion that we know best, and instead accept that the way life unfolds may be part of a pattern too complex to understand.

Personalize:

Throwing a party, you worry about everything going to so smoothly and according to your preconceived idea of how things should go, that you don’t even get to enjoy your own party for a moment? When we live in our heads all the time, our life can be like that party. Yoga is about surrendering to the heart, letting go of all the chatter and judgments and need to control situations in our heads, dropping down into the heart.

Universalize The highest purpose of this practice is to remember and celebrate the heart. When we have the sensitivity and courage to follow our hearts, we start to enjoy our own party, our heads relinquish a bit of control and we can just trust that the food will turn out all right, and the right people will show up, and everyone will have a good time. When we let go of mental control a bit, we can connect more fully to source.

Theme: connect with the heart. Takes sensitivity (OTG) and courage (SL). Courage comes from latin- heart.

Context statements and cues I liked:

–           even those we get a lot of physical benefits from yoga, its really about following the heart.

–           IBB/SBL- drop out of your mind, and be sensitive to the calling of your heart

–           No way to follow your heart by force or effort alone, have to soften to universal

–           Be sensitive, bow to a bigger energy.  With sensitivity and a sense of surrender bow in, tap into universal. Staying tapped into that unlimited source of light, lift your heart courageously.

–           Can’t follow your heart or be courageous without first being sensitive and softening in order to listen to your heart, it’s a subtle voice.

–           kidney’s back release the adrenals, and calm the nervous system. When you back bend, esp without kidney loop you squeeze the adrenals and can overstress them.

–           Let go of your need to control so you can enjoy your own party!

–           You don’t have to know how this is all going to go, soften you don’t have to be in charge!

–           Be sensitive, bow to a bigger energy.  With sensitivity and a sense of surrender bow in, tap into universal. Staying tapped into that unlimited source of light, lift your heart courageously.

–           Can’t follow your heart or be courageous without first being sensitive and softening in order to listen to your heart, it’s a subtle voice.

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