We are all familiar with the story of Mahatma Gandhi’s last words. He uttered the name of God, “Ram, Ram, Ram” as he was being shot. And there are no coincidences that Steve Jobs final words were, “Oh wow!, Oh wow!” As yogis, we have all heard that where we end one life is where we begin our next. The thing is though that these words are not just final words out of nowhere, these words are representative of how these men lived their lives. The Bhagavad Gita, teaches us that what you are thinking at the end of your life, is what you have been building up your whole life. Under stress, we default to the same thoughts that we have imprinted in our bodies over and over.
What would your last words be?
Think of your thoughts as a groove. Your thoughts dig a ditch. When the rain comes, it goes into the ditches that we have dug the deepest. When we have the same thoughts over and over, our ditch gets deeper. This is what is imprinted in our energy body. When we think these same thoughts over and over, we are in essence meditating on them. Not a problem if like Gandhi you are thinking about God or Steve Jobs thinking about the wonderment and possibilities of creative expression. It would be natural to have these same thoughts at the moment of your death. What would your last words be?
When you meet someone and you get a first impression, it is an accumulation of their thoughts
It is a pet peeve of mine when we are told to ignore our thoughts. Our thoughts are very powerful. Our shakti goes to our thoughts, to the ditches we are digging. We need not to ignore our thoughts or to try to discredit them. We need to learn to channel our thoughts to the highest. When you meet someone and you get a first impression, you are getting an accumulation of their thoughts that have been imprinted into their being. It is called the akashic field. We exude with the energy that has been created by our thoughts.
We have to first recognize that we become what we think. When we fully understand the implications of our thoughts, we will begin to understand more how important it is to shift our thought patterns and do whatever we can to channel them away from the negative into something much more uplifting. We have to be much more aware of what we choose to think, to say, to visualize. That is what we become.
We have much more power than we will ever know and it starts with what we are putting out there. We have to dig our ditches with positive thoughts especially while we are doing yoga or any physical practice for that matter. Then it has a double whammy effect. Now if you are doing yoga and having negative thoughts about yourself, we are really imprinting them. Let us realize the power of intention and thought and incorporate it into every one of our poses and then our yoga practice will really change our life.
We all want to do the best we can. Let us choose to align in every thought, word and action and lead by example and help make the world around us a better place. If we mess up, we try again. Besides, if you think people can not tap into what you are thinking, think again.