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.

How Meditation and Yoga Are Stepping Stones

The purpose of meditation is to train the mind. It trains the mind to stillness. When the mind reaches stillness, it can begin observing. Until then, it’s part of the world drama.

If your meditation isn’t training the mind to stillness, it is not meditation. If it’s fun, it’s probably not meditation. If you are dreaming up things, imagining, trying to manifest this and that, flying off into different dimensions, you are not meditating. You are just doing some new-age meditation drama.

Real meditation changes who you are. It is an evolutionary process. You become aware of yourself as the thinker, dreamer, and doer. 

It is not to manifest this or that. It is not to become rich and famous. It is not to design the man or career of your dreams. All that is part of the drama. Meditation is to rise above the drama of this mind.

Similarly, your physical yoga practice (yoga asana) must connect you to your body, and your body to Earth. 

You must become aware of your feet planted on this ground and the ground beneath your feet. It must make you aware of your connection, your relationship, your aliveness. Your vulnerability and your strength.

If you are using it just to serve your ego then it is not yoga, it is also just drama.

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.