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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Perform actions with maximum attention, be free from fear and worry...


Every actions or decisions that we make, there will be some 'risks', whether little or a lot. If we pay attention onto whatever we are doing, the 'risks' can be reduced to a minimum or none at all.

If we don't pay attention onto what we are doing, even the 'very low risks' actions also will be encountering some 'unexpected' difficulties, loss, damages or injuries.

Just like having a walk on the beach, we don't really pay attention onto our steps as we think it is a 'very low risks' action, and busy looking at the scenery or talking with somebody, and we might step onto some sharp objects and hurt our feet, and suffer pain for a few days.

But if we think having a walk on the beach can be quite risky, and generate a lot of fear and worry in the mind while walking on the beach, then we can't enjoy the walk at all, but instead we will build up so much unnecessarily tension into the body and mind.

If we can pay maximum attention onto what we are doing with a calm and clear mind, being free from fear and worry while we perform certain actions that we think can be quite risky, then all the possible risks of difficulties, loss, damages or injuries can be reduced to none at all.

Whether low risks or high risks actions, let us perform all actions with full attention, and with a calm and clear mind that is free from fear and worry. As fear and worry won't remove any possible risks, but will only intensify the existing 'risks'.

Such like performing headstand in yoga asana practice. Some people think and believe that headstand is a 'high risks' action and they have a lot of fear and worry towards practicing headstand. Even some yoga 'teachers' also think and believe that headstand is a high risk exercise and have fear of practicing headstand themselves, or teaching headstand to the students.

Actually, there is minimum or none 'injuries' if we are able to perform headstand with attention and the correct technique in a relaxed manner under a calm and clear mind. If we are full of fear and worry towards certain possible risks of injuries, then it is better not to practice headstand. As even though performing headstand won't be causing any injuries at all if we perform it with attention and the correct technique in a relaxed manner under a calm and clear mind, but due to intense fear and worry, we actually build up so much unnecessary tension into our body and mind, and causing unnecessarily muscle tightness or headache during and after the practice. And it's not necessarily that we have to be able to perform headstand to realize unconditional peace and love.

Learning to do the headstand is not about whether we can perform the headstand or not, but it is about confronting with fear and worry, and letting go of fear and worry.

Do our best in performing all our actions by paying attention or concentrate our mind onto what we are doing, but be free from fear and worry towards any possible 'risks', let go of the result of our actions, is our yoga practice in everyday life.

Om shanti.

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