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What I Learned At Yoga Day Camp – Lesson 2

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Woman in yoga tree poseI recently attended a Yoga Nidra workshop led by Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai), and I’m having a hard time trying to decide what the most important takeaway was. I learned so much but here’s one of the lessons I think is best.

We create our own world by how we create our perceptions.

In essence, we are all responsible for our interpretation of our interactions with others. We can either allow our perception to be good or bad, negative or positive.

Here’s an example that occurred to me just last night. I was exiting the Ohio Turnpike and pulled up to the tollbooth. I am very strategic about which line I get into and selected a line with only one car, thinking I’d be on my way quickly. Unfortunately, the tollbooth gods were not looking over me. The car in front of me was taking forever, and it was obvious from the tollbooth attendant’s arm movements that she was providing directions. I had two options here: I could either let myself get incredibly pissed off at this person for not knowing where he or she is going, not having the correct money to pay, and keeping me from getting where I needed to go or I could choose to be patient, give the person some compassion for needing direction, and not allow myself to get stressed out. I picked the latter, turned up the radio, and enjoyed listening to music. It’s amazing how much better you feel when you allow yourself to have a positive perception about a situation.

So many times I think we allow ourselves to just instantly have a negative perception toward something when we really shouldn’t. Why didn’t someone return my call or e-mail? We think, He must be blowing me off, or I must not be important to him, instead of thinking, I’m sure that person is really busy, and he will get back to me when he has the time. Why didn’t my husband put his coffee cup in the dishwasher? (Okay, I admit that is a hard one not to be negative about!) Probably for the same reason I always leave the bathroom light on. Why wallow in all of that negative energy?

We all have the power and are ultimately responsible for creating the perception of everything that happens in our lives! Wow!

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