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Yogi Lauren, what is your purpose?...

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

“Never underestimate your own strength. You were born for a purpose and are blessed with the power to achieve it” - Leon Brown. I start each day with an open heart, an open mind and a grateful attitude. “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can” - Dalai Lama.

My purpose (dharma) is to enrich the lives of people that I come in contact with by sparking their curiosity to explore Yoga. Teaching Yoga is the vehicle for me to give back to the world by elevating others. I commit to be a devoted Yogi, dedicated to my Yoga practice, which will lead me to freedom and all the way to enlightenment (moksha). I commit to being a ripple of peace by passing down Yogic wisdom onto my students. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”. The key to happiness is wanting what we already have and I will encourage students to rejoice in the way things are and to realise there is nothing lacking. Happiness, love, light, peace, joy, loving-kindness, equanimity and compassion are all qualities I wish to share with the world so that others can live benevolently. I will teach others that these qualities are not in things, they are within each and every one of us. I will guide students down their own path of peace by encouraging them to listen to their inner guru as a guide to transformation. Yoga purifies us: it purifies the physical body with asana; purifies the lungs with pranayama; purifies the mental processes. Yoga assists us in purifying our mental body by altering our thoughts into more positive ones. Everything is temporary and change is always possible. The purpose of Yoga is to expand a person physically, mentally and spiritually. I will teach students that once we take responsibility for our thoughts, our ignorance dissipates in the light. Our loving and compassionate thoughts counterbalance the negativity and we emanate a higher emotional vibration. Yoga is the vehicle for reconnecting people with their true essential nature and I will provide this platform of growth. I am committed to providing a safe and sacred space for people to step on their Yoga mat and “come home” to their true selves. I keep my heart open to express compassion for all. I am committed to making a positive impact on people’s lives. “I aspire to be an empowered woman with vision and grace. Soft-hearted but strong, self-aware and sure. Respected for my mind, admired for my heart and above all, always honest, open and raw” - The Blackline.

“We can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy”

- Sri S. Satchidananda.

“The root of the word courage is ‘cor’ - the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant ‘to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart’. Over time, this definition has changed, and today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics is important and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today’s world that’s pretty extraordinary" - Brene Brown.

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Choosing authenticity means: cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle; and nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough. Authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving – even when it’s hard, even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it. Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives” - Brene Brown.

“Classically, the impulse behind Yoga is the search for the Absolute, the Ultimate and identification with the Ultimate permeating all things. This inspires both the teacher and student to aim for personal excellence through:

1. Self-discipline of effort and rest;

2. Development of natural talents;

3. The ideal of a simple life;

4. A greater understanding of the laws of nature and the laws that govern our Universe (spiritual growth);

5. Improvement of physical health;

6. Psychological balance and personality integration;

7. Recognition and identification with the “atman” (God inside us), the individual spiritual self;

8. Wholeness that is the attainment of individual to Universal consciousness.

Enlightenment connects us back to the whole, when the wave realises it’s the ocean. The Mitta Motto: ‘Close your eyes and you will see clearly. Cease to listen and you will hear truth. Be silent and your heart will sing. Seek no contacts and you will find union. Be still and you will move forward in the tide of the spirit. Be gentle and you will need no strength. Be patient and you will achieve all things. Be humble and you will remain entire’. The Yogic meaning of inspire is ‘The Spirit Within’.” - Doreena Scales, Peace Yoga & Meditation Centre.

...Consider this:

"Want to know what your purpose in life is?

Start seeing where you're naturally being of service to others.

Joy and happiness will lead the way when you come from a place of generosity rather than greed.

Because ultimately we're hardwired for generosity but educated by greed." - Alana Arvanitis.

The things that light you up are not random. They are connected to your purpose.

“It's not about any one kriya, one thought or one belief. It's about taking that flame that was awakened in your heart and spirit and passing it on so that this whole planet gains an aura of light as we transition into the new age. ❤️❤️❤️ It's about each one of us being so enriched by that experience of stillness, kindness and compassion that anyone who encounters us senses that same authenticity, depth and kindness. This is the culture of consciousness, beyond all religions, beyond all countries."

~ Yogi Bhajan Singh Sahib

Follow your Soul, it knows the way.

Love and Blessings always to you, Namaste.

Lauren Kelly

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