Are you ready to release fear and embrace love? Perfect, because that’s what we’re jamming on!
Two Basic Emotions
I once read that we have two basic human emotions – fear and love. That all of our negative emotions are deeply rooted in fear, and all of our positive emotions are deeply rooted in love.
So things like anger, sadness, jealousy, hatred, and rejection, among others, stem from a place of fear. And things like joy, happiness, enthusiasm, and excitement, among others, stem from a place of love.
If we think about why we feel things like anger, sadness, and jealousy, it’s clear that the underlying emotion is fear. Fear of being or having been hurt, fear of being inadequate, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of not being enough. I could go on.
I find that when I think, speak, or move from a place of fear, the more stuck I become. It becomes difficult to move on from past failures or negative experiences. I inevitably feel that I am constantly lacking; that I’m less-than.
On the other hand, it seems clear to me that joy, happiness, and enthusiasm are rooted in love. Love for yourself, love for others, love for experiences.
When I think, speak, and move from a place of love, I feel fulfilled. It becomes easier to forgive others, to let things go, to keep clarity around goals. I’m more giving; more content.
Release Fear + Embrace Love On the Mat
So how do we operate from love, rather than fear? Especially when it feels like there’s so much fear being thrown around?
We practice. We practice on the mat, and then off the mat.
On the mat, try to observe yourself if you start to feel anger, frustration, or envy. Dig deeper into those feelings.
Do you find yourself hating a pose, or rejecting a pose? Perhaps you fear being unable to execute the pose. Or perhaps you fear falling out of it.
Are you comparing yourself to others in the room? Could there be an underlying fear that you are less-than, or less capable than someone else?
Observe those fears. Without attaching to them or judging them. Acknowledge their presence and then release them. Lean into love.
Love the poses even when you can’t do them “right”. Love them when you fall out of them. Love them regardless of what they look like one someone else’s body. And love your body enough not to push a pose past your ability.
Release Fear + Embrace Love Off the Mat
And then, of course, take the practice off the mat, because that’s where it really matters. Practice catching yourself when you start to feel anger, sadness, jealousy, etc. Knowing that it’s totally ok to feel these emotions, try to observe their emergence without attaching to them.
Then look inside and seek out the underlying fears that are at the root of these emotions. And just like we practice on the mat, observe those fears. Without attaching or judging. Acknowledge the presence of those fears and then release them. Lean into love.
I’m not saying any of this will be easy. This shit is hard AF. But that’s why we practice.
And this class is the perfect opportunity to do just that! So unroll your mat, and let’s get to it!
Related: Self Love Vinyasa Practice