Strangely enough, many people regard anxiety or mental dissatisfaction as the first step, as the prelude to seeking higher awareness or spiritual life. Actually there is a lot of truth in this belief, for it is only when one feels discontentment, emptiness and unhappiness that one seriously starts to look for something more meaningful in life. Often anxiety in the form of uncertainty of human existence is the driving or motivating force which impels people to seek higher states of consciousness, and eventually enlightenment. Without some form of anxiety, each person complacently wallows in the insecure world of ignorance. For most people, dissatisfaction is the incentive to try to find out the 'truth', if indeed it exists in the first place. Other people tread the path to higher awareness for a different reason, perhaps to remove physical problems, to develop greater self-control or whatever. But actually the cause is basically the same, namely dissatisfaction with the present conditions, the status quo, and aspiration towards something more. So in this sense mental disturbances can be considered in a positive manner as the motivating force that actually makes people leave their habitual patterns and seek new means of expression and a more joyous and knowledgeable way of life.
So your unhappiness or dissatisfaction, even if it is only a slight murmur in the background and hardly heard above the din and turmoil of daily life, is in a way doing you a favour. It is giving you a kick or a jolt out of habituated routines and patterns of thought and giving you the incentive to direct your interest elsewhere. Most people drain away their energy and interest in excessive worldly pursuits. It is totally squandered when at least some of it could be channelled and used in more positive directions and by this we mean inner exploration and development. We certainly don't say that you should not act in the world, for this is part of life. You must act your role on the world stage to the best of your ability, but at the same time each person should channel some of his or her energy towards the internal world. Half an hour of yoga practices every day is a beginning and is the way for you to directly contact your inner dormant potential and resources.
It is overindulgence in the blind drives of everyday life that prevent you turning your attention inside and realizing the incredible depths of your being. It is only when things start to go wrong in your relationship with the outer environment, or when you seek something more, that you seriously begin to think about exploring yourself. Even though your problems may cause you much anguish, in a way they are your best friends, for they will force you, push you to find new levels of experience that are at present completely beyond your comprehension. They will impel you to seek realms of being that are now totally unimaginable. We don't say impossible, for if something is impossible it is still imaginable; we mean levels that are beyond the impossible because they are beyond present concepts.
Therefore you should devote some time every day to introspection, leaving aside if possible all the responsibilities, cares and interests of day to day life. During this time try to find the deeper problems that make your outer life unhappy and eventually discover experiences that the mystics have endlessly talked about. To merely try to introspect during yoga practices is not easy, for you are conditioned to continually escape back into the everyday worries and interests, instead of facing yourself. But with practice and perseverance you will be able to relax more and gradually eliminate the subconscious problems and then really tap your inner resources. All that is needed is effort, perseverance and aspiration. During meditational practices, you will probably find it impossible to sit in one place for more than a few minutes, without feeling the strong impulse to get up and do something. You have been trained and habituated since birth to be doing something. Persevere and these tendencies will subside. Gradually you will overcome your habitual tendency to lose yourself in an everlasting stream of outside activities and pursuits. Slowly but surely, you will confront yourself, your inner drives and eventually arrive at a deeper understanding of your incredible, real nature. But first you must confront your subconscious problems. You must first cross the river, and perhaps get wet before you reach the other side. You must first of all pass through, experience and expel your mental problems, before you can know peace, joy and knowledge. You have to pass through hell before you can reach heaven.
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Yoga is extensively know as a form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the body through various poses know as ASANA. For other people yoga is the realization of inner self satisfaction. For other it is a religion that the believe and must follow. Learn more within this guide by downloading today.