Mark Twain said, "If you always do what you did, you will always get what you got."
This makes sense but then why do we repeat the same things over and over again and expect a different result?
We complain, "Why can't I lose weight?", "Why am always late....always broke....always tired...always fill in the blank".
Ninety percent of the thoughts that we think today are the same as the thoughts we had yesterday. So more than likely, we are thinking some very old thoughts. Each time we think the same thought, it becomes reinforced in our consciousness. Eventually, that thought is habitual. In Yoga philosophy, this is called samskara or reoccuring thought that becomes ingrained. This is not unlike the groove in the sand that is created from the water flowing over it again and again. Once the groove is established, the water will just flow there. The same thing happens in our minds, and in our bodies, and in our emotions. Once a thought, emotion, or physical pattern is established, we will just repeat that over and over again because its easier that way. The more unconscious, or unaware, or unfocused we are, the more we will fall into our habitual ways. We will repeat bad habits, self limiting beliefs, unhealthy patterns, negative thoughts, and even physical movements that no longer serve our highest good.
Yoga philosophy teaches us to break free of our samskaras so that we are no longer bound by them and stuck in our past. Becoming mindful and watching ourselves, being focused, present, honest and committing to non harming will help us to break free of those bad habits that hurt us so that we can create present moment awareness. In a perfect world, every moment would be received with full awareness and no attachments to any past or future moment. This would be complete freedom according to the wise and wonderful Patanjali.
So if you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the result to be different, practice yoga and you may just become free.
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