Liberation Demystified

Yoga is all about honesty. To live our yoga is “to be willing to let our false self fall”. It can’t be any other way. Becoming honest is the only way. 

There is only one destination, and there is only one path. The destination and the path are also the same, they are merged into one — if the destination is truth, honesty is the path.

As layers fall, we become vulnerable. We accept our vulnerability to life. We no longer deny the truth. 

Instead of constructing, we begin deconstructing. We begin shedding. We part from our old self — the self we constructed out of our false understandings about life. 

We stop faking it. We stop running after things and people. We are no longer obsessed with our image. We return to our true self. 

We become willing to step into the light and be seen for who we truly are. We choose being honest with ourselves over the approval of others.

We choose being ourselves over being desired.

And, we do this when we’ve reached the absolute limit of the amount of our own bullshit that we can tolerate.

This simple shedding of our old understanding and lies is what we call liberation.

I Don't Know…and That's Okay!

I don’t know. Many years ago, this was the phrase on my phone wallpaper and I’ll never forget why. I had been dealing with a highly stressful situation for months. One day, I stumbled upon what someone had crafted as a funny phone wallpaper. It stopped me dead in my tracks. As I read the words, I realized that these were the three words behind my anxiety. Reading them was calming me down. So, I put it up as my phone wallpaper. Every time I read the words, “I don’t know,” I would whisper to myself “…and that’s okay!”

Known and Unknown, everything that happens, happens in the middle of these two realities. It’s the delicate moment balancing on the crest of our exhale and inhale. Known is the past, and unknown is the future. 

Out of our primal fear of survival, we try to minimize “the unknown” in the unknown. Yet, the future remains unknown. Our idea of safety remains just that, an idea. In reality, no one can predict what the next second of our lives brings to us. 

Letting go of our “idea of safety” to embrace the “truth of the unknown” can feel uncomfortable. But, this is a necessary step that we must lovingly usher ourselves into. After all, the road to truth is paved with nothing but…the truth.