The inner look gives us a chance to observe the way we fell in a certain moment.
Since we are born, we learn to observe and deal with the external world and everything that happens there. In the same way, our inner world is a huge space, constantly developing, which we need to discover. However we are not used to perceive it easily.
But, what it the inner look? And how can I “wake it up”?
THE INNER LOOK
The inner look does not wake up every morning when we open the eyes. Quite the opposite, it is more likely that the mind wakes up when we open our eyes and starts to review the pending tasks or the daily undertakings.
In order to connect with the inner look, we need to be able to listen to our inner self.
However, for me, the most important thing is the way we listen and observe; without any pretension to change or judge whatever we find there.
It is like being a mere observer of a landscape, having the chance to submerge yourself in it, although being unable to change or judge anything.
This is very important since our intention is to not let the ego take part (at least not primarily) in the exchange. I say exchange, because this is some sort of communication with yourself. I observe the way I feel and I don’t judge, but accept and understand. That is how I can understand what is going on and how do I feel, to change it afterwards if I believe it appropriate or need it.
How to develop the inner look?
I use this sentence or intention both in my conscious breathing classes and in my dance classes when we need to access our natural or primary movement.
But, how can we connect with it?
I’m going to share some tips that help develop this skill with you. Of course, I’m speaking from my own perspective and my humble life experience, through active yoga practice, conscious breathing, movement and sensory exploration exercises.
- Ujjay breathing: you can find an article dedicated to this gorgeous “oceanic” breathing here. What is it and how to do it. I’ll just say that it is the first step for what I’m just about to tell you: Ujjay pranayama
- The meditation. Take a moment (if it’s possible after several Ujjay breathing cycles) to leave the pranayama practice rest and feel the moment. You don’t have to feel like the best “yogi” in the world. Just feel that you have a moment to “stop” the mind. Especially, don’t try to think about or evoke anything. Just be there.
- Observe yourself after the pranayama and meditation practice. If you need to, keep your eyes closed and listen to your feelings. You can take a chance to VISUALIZE some parts of your body from within and out. You can also visualize yourself from the outside, as a viewer. Activate the part of the imaginary that can help you relate to yourself and bring you back to this state easily.
From there on, you are on your own, and undoubtedly, you will know how to reach that point whenever you want or need. I hope that it will happen frequently, since we need to explore that part of ourselves in order to know truly who we are. We are light, always, even though the dark clouds are necessary to feel the sun powerfully finding its way through them.
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