What’s the point in talking the talk if you can’t walk the walk? Yes, you, I’m talking to you, and myself and everyone else out there in the world. There is so much going on in the world around us today and all of it happening so fast, but yet how many people do we hear on a daily basis complaining and then returning home to their same routine, their recliner and potato chips? Well – wake up world! Get a little rhythm in your step and start a little song and dance.
Walking the walk doesn’t mean tough guy, tough love, prove it, get up, stand up out of your chair and hit someone in the face- type of walk the walk. I’m talking about the difference between using a set of vocabulary and then actually, truly embodying it; BEING that expression of truth. And you ALL know what I’m talking about because the two are NOT one in the same. We FEEL the difference when we SAY “I’m so proud of you,” but what we mean is, “why you and not ME?” It’s not the words that count, it’s what’s going on in that inner space – what’s going on in there? Do you ever stop and ask yourself that? Generally our biggest hurdle in life is our very own Self. Ever had anyone tell you to “get out of your own way”? Perhaps they were trying to nudge you toward walking the walk and doing a little less talky talky….
In this morning’s yoga practice we worked with the intention of opening ourselves up to receive. It is one thing to say “I’m ready for this” and it is an entirely different thing to BE ready for this; be it change, move, progress, receptivity, creativity, what have you. To the beats of roots reggae we moved and grooved, it was IrieAsana day…that’s right flow yoga to roots reggae music. The pulse and infinity flow style of yoga connected us to our 2nd chakra and that water element – movin’ and groovin’ our way right into receptivity. Afterall, Gandhi did tell us to “BE the change we wish to see in the world” he did not tell us to mindlessly babble about it…and then never actually DO anything. This is called apathy and nobody likes a whiner who lacks full intention. You feel me? What are your creative juices expressing to you? How can you physically manifest the language of your body, heart, mind and soul? Often times we don’t need words at ALL to get positive change to start rolling. Just saying you’re ready, you’re open, you’re aware; just sayingit is NOT ENOUGH – witness how inaction has served you in the past! Or better said, how it has failed to serve you.
In yoga we call this sankalpa, or intention, and it makes all of the difference. It changes a yoga practice from simple exercise to something with purpose. Sankalpa changes your day from mundane to meaningful. But sankalpa is not just a word; it is a state of being. If YOU can’t believe what you’re saying to yourself and others, if YOUR VERY OWN verbal expressions aren’t truly FELT down at the soul level…well, then how can you expect the universe around you to buy into it and offer up what you’re waiting for? Guess what? The universe doesn’t buy it, and it’ll serve you up an empty plate.
So where do we go from here you’re asking….here are some simple exercises to help you move from the space of empty words toward meaningful, fully embodied intention:
Sit in hero’s pose for a few moments with your breath in Pushpaputa Mudra . In this mudra take both hands open like a bowl, fingers towards one another diagonally. Pushpaputa translates to “handful of flowers” and helps us tap into that sense of abundance and trust – you must BELIEVE in it, in order to EMBODY it. Visualize your hands full of beautiful flowers, the world is at your fingertips, you just need to see it and then make it your own! Rich out and GRAB what you want!
2.) Work with the OM or “creation mantra”. Visualize the symbolic representation of OM, or just the word, repeat to yourself silently the mantra or sing it out loud for the entire world to hear. This sound of creation taps us into our own creative forces – make something happen! See the change.
3.) Sacral Chakra postures such as hip openers: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon), Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle), Utkata Konasana (Goddess Squat), Hanumanasana (seated split) and Malasana (squat or garland) as well as flowing, creative movement or sequencing style classes/postures. Anything that gets you up and moving and going with the flow – step aside stagnant waters, there’s a river of positive motion coming through!
4.) Just move. One. Foot. In. front. Of. The. Other. Just begin. One small thought changes us and over time it becomes habit, becomes routine. We start to notice that we ARE what we think! Just showing up is 80% of the work, we’ve heard it a million times. Getting to the mat, getting back to the computer for your next blog entry, stopping self-hindrance by recognizing those hurdles that hold us back. GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!!! And then let the floodgates open and hold on for a helluva ride.
William Shakespeare says “the readiness is all.” Do you FEEL ready? No need for an echoing shout, an Austin Powers-esque “YEAH BABY!” Just notice. Do you FEEL it? Dig way down and bear silent witness to that innermost voice. Can you BE it? Can you picture yourself BECOMING this dream? MANIFESTING this sensation? EMBODYING this hope? NOW: shut your mouth and start to put one foot in front of the other, put our money where our mouth is…let’s ALL start to walk the walk a little more and talk the talk a little less.
Written and published original work of Kristin Gilbert Ramirez of OM Puerto Viejo.