Riding Emotions

Dec 10, 2011 | Healing, Wisdom, Yoga practices | 7 comments

You’ve heard the expression, you’re not your emotions. It’s true. We are so much more than our thoughts, our bodies, our emotions.
But today I noticed my mind and emotions were like the mid-north coast weather with its unpredictable gusts of wind. I was unpleasantly buffeted about by them. I didn’t like this, but I’ve discovered it only adds to the angst soup not to like it.
One of the most powerful things that we can learn from a spiritual discipline, such as yoga, is detachment – a step back that lets you see yourself being blown around at times by circumstances or moods. I find it makes such a difference to name something up, call it like it is, and perhaps have enough distance to choose whether you really want to continue in the same jagged manner.
My touchstone is whether I am out of relationship with those nearest and dearest to me, and when that happens, it is truly painful to remain so. I have to find my way back home, that is into my heart and fast.
Whatever negativity or turmoil you might be feeling, there’s nothing more urgent than finding your way back to being in love, asap!



  1. Thank you for your very thoughtful post. However please,why did you post a picture of Ganesha? You are fueling a common misunderstanding that Yoga is a hindu practice. Did you read recently that someone in Rome related to the pope ( forget who) denounced yoga as the way to the devil? This is because uneducated individuals think that yoga is Hindu. Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy and a psychology. I love your posts but by advocating an Indian God you detract from the true purpose of Yoga, mainly to know the mind, refine the mind and direct the mind. (Desikachar). The sutras are not specific to a god, they are easily applicable to your own faith.
    Please don’t make our work harder ( as yoga teachers) by confusing those that are niave by falsely promoting yoga as a Hindu tradition.
    Namaste… Tanya.

  2. What a way with words. Thanks for giving voice to something that can be so familiar yet so difficult to articulate.

    • Thinking fondly of you! Namaste, E.

  3. Thank you Eve. As so often happens…just the words I need at the moment.
    sue xo

    • Happy trails, Sue 😉

  4. What if the relationship is the reason you are in turmoil? Yoga is my touchstone for the negativity and emotional “downpipe” of my feelings. Your words could not have come at a more appropriate time for me.
    Merry Christmas and a blssful New Year!.
    xx Genevieve

    • Relationship is the ultimate test for our ideals, Genevieve, for sure, for sure. We have to dig deep to find our authentic selves when we’re with the other. Isn’t that the same path we tread when try to uncover the intrinsic Self through our yoga practices? Namaste and love, Eve


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