In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali says “Error in judgement arises from knowledge that is based on a false mental construct”.
Our minds can often create stories that are narratives fed by panic and fear. For example, someone practices yoga a certain way or follows a certain lineage of yoga, maybe they cough during a class, or maybe they cut you off in the parking lot or said something that threatened your belief system. You are right, and the other person is wrong?
Or maybe the answer is that there is no right or wrong?
To quiet the narrative (chitta) and to live without judgement, anxiety and suffering can result in a happier state of being. Shirodhara like yoga, clears away the false narrative, it reduces anxiety and stops the mind from feeling panic and anxiety. What yoga does for the body and the tissues of the body (the dhatus) – shirodhara does for the mind.
Yoga and shirodhara are excellent ways to restore the body to homeostasis. Both practices soothe doshic imbalances and beg the question, what good can come from constant judgement of others or the constant need to be right?
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali states that “when you are in a state of yoga (union) all misconceptions (vrittis) that can exist in the mutable aspect of human beings (chitta) disappears” Through breathing, pranayama, or taking a shirodhara treatment, the veil of judgement and anxiety drops away.
As Marianne Williamson says: “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here”. Just as fear is learned, we can train our minds to feel otherwise. If yoga is not accessible to you, then try a series of shirodhara treatments and experience the benefits of peace.
Anoint yourself with the healing oil of a shirodhara treatment, infuse the body with pranayama, then watch the fear and the anxiety slip away. It may be that simple.
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