findING the courage to change

On the path to long-lasting change, we need to connect our two main tools, the head and the heart. 

Often in life we feel that in order to create change we have to bulldoze through it, that we have to become a force and train our mind to change, but what if I told you that the mind isn’t the only element that needs to be engaged in order to seek and find, long-lasting change? What if I told you that the heart is actually equally as important?

To get the results you want and to feel empowered and strong, one needs to tune in with themselves and learn how to balance their thoughts and emotions. It’s common nowadays to think that only mindset, willpower, and decisiveness will lead to the results you want… but, let me tell you something that I experienced first-hand; without a strong connection to the heart, the mind cannot conquer what you wish to achieve, at least not with long-lasting results.

Sure, you may think you’re reaching your goals, but if the heart is not engaged and fully present in the journey too, there are high chances that the changes will only be temporary or may not be able to follow through when the going gets tough.

Balancing the heart & mind

Maintaining a balance of heart and mind, emotion and intellect, will assure you results that are there to stay – and will empower you for the rest of your life.” – Sandra VOZ
Training your thoughts gives you a strong mind, but training your heart as well will connect you with your deepest self,  allowing you to work towards and beyond your goals. Balancing the heart and the mind means connecting with your deepest self, and when you are finally able to achieve that connection, nobody will be able to take that away from you. Things around you can come and go – money, career, love, health, all of them, but that deep connection to your self is there to stay, so make sure you make it a priority. That is the connection that really pushes you outside of your comfort zone and towards greater things in life.

Change takes time

Our fast-paced and hyper-(dis-)connected world has got us used to instant gratification, getting whatever we want right away. However, this doesn’t work when seeking long lasting change. Like anything worthy, change takes time and repetition. Breaking old behavioural patterns that are holding us back from being who we really want to be, and making real changes, requires lots of conscious little steps in the right direction. There is no quick fix. So it’s important to not expect too much of ourselves. Don’t rush the process, good things take time, so be patient with yourself.

When practicing Kundalini Yoga, we actually chant ‘Sat Nam’, which in the ancient Sikh language called Gurmukhi, essentially translates into: “I am truth”. Staying in our truth isn’t always easy, which is why we often feel the need to make changes in our lives.
In fact Kundalini Yoga is a powerful practice that helped me to make real changes in my life. Practicing regularly helped me harmonise my heart and my mind, my emotions and my intellect, during times when I was under stress and on the verge of burnout.

“We are not meant to heal all on our own – we may be very capable beings and used to dealing with things on our own, heck we may even be the go-to person for everybody else, in times of trouble – yet real courage is about daring to step out of the shadow and ask for help. To admit to someone trusted, that we have not go it all figured out and that we deeply want to change.

– Sandra VOZ

This particular branch of yoga works with the meridians and pressure points of the body to affect positive change in the higher glands of the brain and the nervous system. Which is why I want to share this knowledge with you. Click here to try a recent Kundalini Yoga class, based on this month’s theme – The Courage to Change’.
If you have found yourself at a cross-roads, and you would like support and guidance in your process, contact meI’d love to hear from you.

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