When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom.
When I look outside and see that I am everything, that is love.
Between these two, my life turns.
Tracy Ochester is a reputed psychologist who incorporates mindfulness training into her professional sessions. She is an avid Mysore-style practitioner at Maya Yoga and completed her 200 Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. One reason she loves Maya Yoga so much is the luxury of time that Mysore Style of Yoga affords her for long meditation sessions after her practice. Yoga and Meditation are integral to Tracy’s healing and search for wisdom as an adult. She writes:
“I have reaped so many benefits from my yoga and meditation practice. One of these benefits has been increased patience.
The changes I have experienced – mostly in my mind, as well as in my body – have been gratifying, but they have occurred incrementally, accumulating millimeter by millimeter over a long period of time. I am stronger, more flexible, and more balanced. I feel calmer, more centered, and better able to focus on the important things while letting go of minor frustrations. I am learning to quiet my mind under a variety of circumstances and be in the moment. Yet, some days I feel off, stiff or fatigued, or I can’t find my balance, or my mind is full of chatter. Yoga and meditation have helped me ride these waves with the understanding that nothing is permanent, all things change, and the benefits of patience and devotion will appear given time.
Another benefit of practice has been gratitude. My appreciation for my body and my connection to it has increased. I don’t have a stereotypical “yoga body” – I move and sweat more like a linebacker than a yogi. This has forced me to let go of ego (to the extent that I can) and adopt a greater sense of humility so that I can fully embrace my practice. I am better at knowing where my various parts are in space, my body’s mechanics and its habits, its limitations and its strengths. However, it’s in dealing with my body’s limitations and imperfections that I have come to appreciate it all the more. I have developed tender feelings of compassion toward it. Who knew it was capable of doing such things and that it could serve me so beneficially, even with all its frailties? I understand more than ever how attention and care helps my body thrive and how the well-being of my body is so intricately intertwined with the functioning of my mind.
The most important and valuable contribution of my yoga and meditation practice, by far, is how it benefits others. When I am better, I make space for others to lean toward their best selves. I am more patient at home with my husband and extended family. I am more focused and present with my clients and I have a wider variety of tools to offer them. I am more compassionate when strangers behave badly out of their own suffering. I have a deeper sense of stewardship for the Earth and its beings. This benefit of increased compassion continues to grow and evolve – it is the primary source of my devotion to practice.”
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