During my yoga practices, this one phrase comes to my mind often. “You’re mind is always remembering, or planning.” I’m not exactly sure who said this to me, I think it might have been during my week at Tushita, the meditation retreat in India, but it really has stuck with me. It’s really accurate, I remember and I plan. It’s really difficult to just let the mind be. 
As I’m working towards successfully meditating, my mind is definitely a wanderer, definitely planning and remembering. Sometimes, I like to just let myself do those. I use my yoga time to reflect on my past experiences, and to try and figure out what I’m going to do to work towards being able to experience more of the world again.

I embrace the stillness of my mind to observe and reflect on my experiences in Thailand, India and Nepal. During my busy days, working in a big fancy downtown building,  or just out and about in the western society, it’s so easy to forget the people I saw, or the things I did, everything I experienced. My time on my mat is dedicated to taking time and remembering, bracing, feeling emotions, gratitude, and those countries. It’s amazing what will come up during my practices and how I feel towards it all. I keep fearing that I’m going to forget, that it’s all going to fade away; I’m starting to realize that that isn’t going to happen.

“You cannot stay on the summit forever. You have to come down again. One climbs and one sees; one descends and one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself… by memory of what one saw higher up. When one no longer sees, one can at least still know.”
Rene Daumal


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