“Life is simply too short for anything less”
by Jacqualine Haller
(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)
Today is day #25 of my 30 Day Meditation Challenge with my students. There are only 5 days remaining, and I am feeling extremely aware of every moment and interaction that is happening, as we come towards the last days.
In today’s class, we did some work on our 6th chakra. For those of you who are new to the chakra system, in yogic theory there are seven major centres in the body called chakra’s. In reality, there are actually thousands of subtle energy centres (nadis) throughout one’s body. But, there are seven major ones that are most commonly worked with.
The 6th chakra is located between your eyebrows, most commonly known as one’s third eye. Now, I don’t want anyone to freak out. There is a lot of valuable information about this energy centre in the body. I would encourage you to keep reading regardless of any religious preferences that might caution you against this.
The 6th chakra energy centre represents your intuition. It is about that internal wisdom we are all born with; your ‘extra sensory’ perception. For the purpose of this blog let’s call it your sixth sense, as most people are used to that phrase. In Sanskrit (please read my previous blog’s for an understanding of what Sanskrit language is), it is called “ANJA” (pronounced ‘an – ya’). It is associated with your inner knowledge and if you allow it, it will help guide you through life. Of course, the key word being “if.” Sometimes fear, judgement and dogma get in the way. The way we have been taught as children to take our cues from external sources, well… that can get in the way too. We need to find ways of allowing our intuition to come through, and move through those roadblocks.
In one of my previous blogs, I spoke about the effect of meditation on the brain. Neuroscience is starting to discover the results of meditation and it’s benefits both on the brain and the physical body. It is exciting to see the science behind these ancient practices of wisdom, start to surface. When you meditate, you are lining up the left and the right hemispheres of your brain. When both hemispheres are in sync with each other, you are fully activated.
What does it mean to be fully activated?
It means you are awake. It means you have woken up . It means you are seeing things as they truly are, possibly in a way you have never seen them before. And as you begin to see what is really going on, you start to understand in a more comprehensive way. Your conscience is awake and active. You are deeply connected to your intuitive self and because of that, you are able to make decisions clearly. You become more open to inspiration. You become your own source of truth; you become wise.
What does it mean to become your own source of truth?
It means you trust your instinct, your ‘sensory-perception.’ You begin to steer your life from that place of deep wisdom and understanding. Then, you can never go wrong because you have a strong understanding of the deeper meaning in your life. And once that happens, nobody will ever be able to convince you otherwise.
Let go of the past. Take stock and learn what life lessons came out of all of the experiences that have brought you to this point. And then, take that beautiful combination of acceptance and wisdom, and live your life. The only guarantee you have in life is your entrance into this world and a ticket out. What you do in between those two guaranteed experiences, is completely up to you.
Open yourself up to inspiration and allow your inner wisdom to guide you.
Life is simply too short for anything less.
In closing, I want to share one of my most favourite quotes:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~ Steve Jobs.
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