When I look back and try to remember some moments or experiences which had the most profound impact on my perspective, they would have to be moments that made me feel free, free in the mind, free in thought, free to dream, free to choose my thoughts and emotions.
Unsurprisingly, most of them were in the mountains.
I'm reminded of one such morning in Leh, where I was spending a few days alone. I was on a steep climb with my yoga mat, trying to find a flat patch for my practice.
I always loved combining the two things that brought maximum freedom to me - yoga and the mountains!
It was a good practice day, the mind felt blank, and I remember so vividly how I felt in the moment. For the first time, I felt I could disassociate from the mind and see what ‘its’ thinking (as opposed to what ‘I’m’ thinking). I felt a certain sense of power within to choose how I felt or what I thought about.
Years of biases, conditioning, habits and instincts became more apparent and I felt a sense of comfort in thinking ...“I don’t ‘have’ to do anything, and there are no ‘shoulds’! Every single decision, small or big, is a choice, and I can use it to do anything in the world..." It was a liberating feeling.
This wasn’t some eureka moment of course. There were several such similar moments, often as an outcome of yoga practice specially in environments as peaceful and serene as the mountains that helped me feel courageous and fearless to follow my heart and purpose. Today, I attribute my career choice of being a yoga teacher and entrepreneur to these very moments. They helped me understand how to be ambitious without fear, greed or hurry.
Yes, education, travel, working in companies, exposure to people, and so many other things help us broaden our horizons and build perspective.
For me, something as simple as continued classical yoga practice in the mountains helped me zoom out and figure out what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to take my life!
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