“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” ~ Einstein.
The one thing that yoga undoubtedly provides is silence for our minds.
Surprisingly, our fast-paced, competitive society and sharp focus on progress commonly confuses us and does not allow us to find space for self-introspection. Hence we are constantly encouraged to be competing against each other.
Through my yoga practice I often reflect upon these:
*How can the – I – ego thinking is able to be clear of what one want out of life if there is no time for silence, for self-introspection?
*How can one be happy if we are not even clear about what true happiness is?
*How can one be successful without even considering what job is good for us, for our society, for our planet?
*How can one accumulate the most without even understanding what one really needs?
*How can one seek freedom if one is not aware of the responsibilities that come along? For instance, not having someone telling us the how and what to do in our lives can be challenging and scary. Having freedom comes with even more responsibilities than being subordinated to someone. When we are free one has to set up one’s discipline, projects, goals and balanced rhythms to make things happen. Having the guts to take decisions, to take risks, and to decide where one puts all the energies and love to make change is not easy.
As I keep practicing Yoga, I intend to quiet the I-AM-ness and focus on a deep mental silence that allows me to dig into my heart and connect to a profound inner voice. A wise voice that is always encouraging love, compassion, collaboration, and balance.
My work for the past years has been centered on teaching yoga and creating spaces where creative collaboration rather than competition takes place. Through my personal Yoga practice I continue to discover the power of mental silence and clarity on understanding what is my mission in life.
The power of co-creation happens when people with different interests, different ideas, talents and rhythms gather together and create and all-together innovative collision. This is only possible if each person has gone through profound silence and self-introspection and is clear on one’s dharma. Like many Sanskrit words, dharma’s meaning varies according to the tradition as well as to whom is defining it. From my studies, I sense the meaning of “living one’s dharma” as being integral and living in flow with our inner nature and destiny; completing what one is meant to be doing in one’s lifetime.
I hear many saying that one should not co-create with one’s partner or friends. Honestly this has been my path and everyday I attempt to do it better and inspire others to follow along. Time is so precious and limited and sharing projects with others in a balanced way can bring even more inspiration, respect and understanding. The biggest challenge is setting strong bases of trust that allow everyone to be on the flow with one’s mission in life, one’s dharma.
For instance, YALACollective is a co-creational project that promotes creative wellness around the globe.
Reflecting upon Einstein’s quote, I note on the importance of collaboration, of sharing one’s creative processes with others, as well as filtering the contagious energies that surround us. As we deepen our Yoga practice and take care of ourselves, we start understanding the impact that others have on our journey, as well as our impacts on others’. We begin to identify those who bring us tranquility or agitation, those who inspire us to dream big or who provide insecurity inside us. Those with whom we can co-create and get the best out of creative collisions.
The Yoga practice is indeed an honest filter mirror that allows us to disconnect from false ego-centered views of our reality, find silence, and be connected to our deepest inner voice. Today we all have the tools to be creative, we only need silent environments, special spaces to come together, collaborate and co-create. The more we co-create, the more chances we have that a genius idea sparks up.
Happiness is meant to be shared with others. Lets keep practicing, open our hearts and allow creative co-creation to take control of our dreams; it is just more fun.
Looking forward to having you in our upcoming YALAjounrey during the summer!