I recently started practicing yoga five to six times a week, because I decided that I wanted to experience more peace. Every time I get on the mat I calm my mind and declare a mantra for the practice. A few months ago I had a difficult time finding a mantra at the beginning of the practice and just decided that my mantra would find me. It was not because I did not have a calm and equanimous mind. Nothing was there when the dust settled. I simply did not want to reach for a mantra, so I just smiled and breathed in and began practicing with the hope that a mantra would find me, without any expectations.
As I moved through the vinyasa flow of the practice and attempted each pose breathing deeper into it, “no stress” whispered in my ear, and I smiled. I didn’t even notice it at first until I started responding with “no stress” to situations and people in life days later. “No stress” just flew out of my mouth without a second thought. It was not until Thursday, on the fifth day of practicing yoga that I realized that my mantra did indeed found me and moved into my life off the mat without me noticing.
My spiritual practice joined me in this world. Following my practice on Thursday I felt light weight, warm and at peace with all of the situations and experiences I found myself in. I felt very euphoric, so light, as if I was not in the world, but I was still in the world. Maybe this is what Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, meant when he said,
And be not confirmed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. — Romans 12:2 KJV
Even people or situations that normally irritate me, were enjoyable. I was under the impression that I had to work on being more at peace with discomfort, because the reality is not everyone vibes well. However, yoga has taught me to just be with the discomfort and welcome it, to not have stress. Doing feels like you are resisting the present energies. Being feels like you are one with the present energies. I suppose the being and euphoria I felt is what it feels like to be at peace with the present moment. To be one with life.
Perhaps the next time you are on the mat, you can declare a mantra during your meditation or better yet, let a mantra find you. Or, maybe not, no stress. ☺️
Peace, love, and light.
Connecting with nature is always a great way to experience no stress. I hope you enjoy these photos I took of the sunset.