Yes, it’s true. Who you are today is what really matters..
Who we are is a complex conversation, but all in all the way we think today is determined by many life situations:
Physically we are from our biological parents and ancestors, but who we are mentally comes from many different situations in our lives. We have obtained and absorbed information through environments we have been brought up and surrounded ourselves in, and that is what a lot of us define ourselves as, but defining ourselves too much can be dangerous, as we see in the world many people identify themselves deeply with something and cause so much disasters.
This is something we should have balance with, and something we should be mindful of.
The film Lion (and a true story), where the actor Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley who was separated from his biological mother at in his early years due an unfortunate circumstance, and then was adopted by an Australian family. Saroo’s experience of life comes from his environmental challenges and changes, even though his memory takes him back to his childhood and makes him want to go home, his lifestyle, friendships, accent and more were due to the life he lived being brought up in Australia.However if he was to remain in India his social life, hobbies and more would be that of India’s and the area he would of been brought up in.
The same man, but given an upbringing in a different world.
With that in mind, becoming attached to one way of life, or becoming to attached to the person you are at the moment (or were) and not giving yourself the room to grow, change and be the best human being you can be is something you shouldn’t limit your life to. Otherwise when you create limits to life you end a cycle.
Who you are today comes from within, and you can change to be better and get rid of habits, and ways that do not serve you.
But for the majority of humanity, who we are today internally is something that we haven’t taken much responsibility for and that is the largest barrier in this process.
The way we think, what we consume, what we watch, what we listen to and more. Once that is done, and with a balanced attitude, we give ourselves the clear sight to change things we may not like, things that make us unhappy and overall work towards and eventually become someone that is at peace and joyful inside. And this all happens because we take responsibility for our feelings and lives, instead of waiting for external surroundings to change, something which never can happen as they are not in our control.
Yoga is the path, but it doesn’t happen over night
I myself am working on changing things on a daily basis, I still struggle with this and controlling the senses is where yoga and meditation comes in. With the sadhana of yoga you start to see within, and start to get to know the person that you are; only once you start to understand yourself a bit better and who you may have become then you can start to change things that maybe aren’t so good and do not serve you.
For me the path took time, and when the “Rāja” yoga, the meditation aspect came into play so much more changed for the better in my life, and I started breaking down ways that I did not want to be any longer.
The importance of Sadhana
Sadhana can be defined as a regular and dedicated practice to something, in my life; that is yoga.
If you try the simple methods of yoga and meditation on a regular basis, you will start to obtain the skills and benefits that can help you change and better yourself for who you are today. It may not happen overnight because it has taken a certain amount of time for you to be who you are now, so why would you suddenly change in 5 minutes?
But with patience, a dedicated Sadhana, and an attitude for change, your life has endless possibilities and I wish you the best in having the best life you can.
I look back at the way. was in many things and think if only I knew what I knew now, but I didn’t, and digging into the pass will not serve this process, but understanding “who you are today is what really matters” allows you to move forward in this dimension of your life.
Changes starts from within, and not from the outside, only once you are willing to do something then something can actually happen. The same concept goes for attitude and mentality.
We only experience life within ourselves and once we all take responsibility for that, then we can all live in a wonderful environment which will be beautiful for all involved, the problem we face is that not everybody has taken responsibility for there own inner wellbeing and that has lead to so many ways of destruction in many parts of the world and societies today.
Enjoy the path of having the best life you can, I wish you nothing but love for this, and just remember it is what you are doing today that really matters, you can apologise and change much of your life if you take responsibility for yourself first.
Written by Suraj Ghumra