Guilt. We have all experienced guilt, at one point or another. Sometimes, others impose it on us. Other times, we inflict it on ourselves.
‘I should have done this!’
‘I should have done that!’
‘If only I did not…’
& the list goes on.
Guilt isn’t exactly the best feeling in the world, is it? Someone who feels guilty all the time will be unable to bring him/herself completely into the present moment. They are always caught up in the past. When one is stuck in the past, they are not doing their best in the present, & if this carries on, even the future will be affected.
So how do we overcome feelings of guilt?
One of the ‘in’ things nowadays is positive thinking. People are being told to focus on the positive, & discard the negative. This is all well & good, but in a way can also cause an extreme aversion towards what we perceive to be negative. When a negative thought occurs & refuses to go away, we become angry & upset at ourselves, & wonder, ‘Why the hell do I have these thoughts?’, ‘I don’t want to have these thoughts!’, ‘Why can’t I get rid of them?’
‘Energy flows where attention goes.’
To say that we do not want a certain thing in our lives; to focus on not wanting something; at the end of the day, we are still doing the same thing: focusing! & by focusing on repelling something, are we not also feeding energy towards the whole ‘not wanting’ it in the first place?
Instead, just accept it as it is. The past cannot be changed, but the present & future have not been written yet. The present & future are within your control, so please do not sacrifice these two for something which is beyond your control!
Once we have accepted the past, we can then move on to more active methods of action. Firstly, Deep introduces three Pranayama (breathing techniques) to remove guilt from your system.
The base of all Pranayama is Yogic Breathing, where one breathes into the diaphragm. Then, this breath is maintained, with a few additions to the practice. In Anulom Vilom (Alternative Nostril Breathing), we consciously manipulate our Ida & Pingala (Yin & Yang) energies, & in Brahmari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breathing), a very gentle hum is added to each exhalation to further relax both our physical & energetic systems.
Deep then demonstrates a few physical exercises like leg cradling & leg raises to move more energy towards our gut area. This is followed by a heart-based meditation, to transform our feelings of guilt into love, acceptance & well-wishes for ourselves & those around us.
The past is over & done with, let’s stay in the present & move forward to a new & better future! :-)
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