Last fall, I traveled to sunny Las Vegas to be part of a workshop—an experience—called Inspiration and Perspiration with Danny J of the Sweaty Betties and body image specialist Angie Gooding. What I planned for my presentation on Sunday morning was a brief talk on how yoga can be used for personal transformation and healing in our really busy hectic Western world lives and some basic asana with detailed instruction. Needless to say, with that heavy subject matter, we talked more than we asana’d.
I post motivational sayings and personal mantras that I write and use for myself on my Facebook page and Twitter feed several times every day. I keep a giant list of my thoughts that I refer back to and hope to use for a book one day. One of my favorites that I’ve written lately is, “Today, you will be a conduit for energy, joy, insight, and miracles. Keep that in mind every time you meet someone. Spread awesomeness.” We are all capable of experiencing and sharing the divine. We are vessels for divinity.
But how can yoga teach us how to see and use those divine lessons? How can our physical asana practice teach us to perform miracles in our lives? Um, I don’t have the answer to that because I’m about 0.0000005% of the way to enlightenment (by my crude estimation). However, I do have some thoughts. You know, the ones scribbled onto countless types of media and stuffed into every corner of my life right now.
preparing my wonderfully messy notes for class
My Notes on How to Get Enlightened FAST:
My boys were born disabled—visually impaired. That is not divine. That is no great lesson from the Universe. I’m not so arrogant to believe that. But how they’ve reacted to their disability—learning from it, learning about it, teaching others how to understand and accept it. THAT is divine.
my boys being silly at the ophthalmologist’s office
In a yoga pose, your hip may hurt. That is not divine. But when we approach that pain with curiosity rather than judgment, disappointment, disgust, or frustration, that is divine.
We are so open-minded when it comes to our friends and each other but so brutally intolerant of our own thoughts, actions, appearances, and processes. Yoga commands us to be a witness of ourselves—to step outside of ourselves and observe. When we make those observations, the practice is to come from a place of curiosity and non-judgment. When we take THAT lesson out into the world and apply it to all areas of our lives, that is divine. THAT is the path toward enlightenment, growth, healing.
with God, all things are possible
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE™ and the BLISSED IN™ wellness movement, is a mother of four, TV host, fitness and yoga instructor, popular YouTuber, and backyard farmer raising sixteen gossiping hens and growing her own organic garden on their eight-acre homestead in New Jersey. To learn more about Bex and receive her weekly Bliss notes, visit her website Bexlife.com.