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Welcome to Samwanderer Yoga Blog, a sacred space where I, as a wanderer yogi, invite you to embark on a transformative journey with me. 

 

Through my blog, I aim to share the wisdom I've gathered along the way, offering you a unique perspective on this ancient art.

4 Tips to Cultivate Your Inner Self

Updated: May 2, 2023

Sometimes we forget to take care of what matters in life and for ourselves to achieve a healthy and balanced state that allows us to attain our purposes and enjoy moments how they are.


I think our society drives us into a rushing way of living that overcome our primordial needs as human beings. Busy schedules and plans swallow us, and we constantly run to obtain things we don't need. We work full-time to buy something we don't own and do nothing but steal the most precious thing available to us: time.


Awareness of these mechanisms that might fall in the modern world may help us recognize when it happens and change how we react, creating conditions for a more conscious way of experiencing things and life without being possessed by external circumstances and material events.

Things that you own end up owning you. (Tyler Durden - Fight Club

We are constantly looking to care about ourselves through owning external things, forgetting that the only way to grow up our inner selves is free and requires just willingness, love, and acceptance. So, here are four tips to cultivate your Inner Self based on the yogic wiseness that might be helpful to you to rebalance yourself, taking care of what you need in your life.


1) TAKE CARE OF YOUR INNER SELF WITH DAILY ACTIVITIES

We constantly rush to be on time for the thousand appointments we have scheduled daily. There are many things to do but never time to enjoy breathing and appreciating our surroundings. We live in an apnea state, not noticing the wonder around us.


Finding time to be in contact with our true nature with daily mindful activities (it might be meditating, breathing, taking a walk in nature, whatever you prefer and feel that feeds your soul) can be compelling on both small and large scales. You'll be able to prioritize your days, considering what matters and not cutting more and more space for yourself and to the large scale small.


Daily oriented inner self activities will produce a more considerable change that might be incredibly powerful to take courage to the most extensive life-changing path in your life if you sincerely need to do that because you're not happy in your current condition.

So, if you need a life change, start moving your first step; the rest will come naturally to you, with no effort and resistance.


2) CREATE YOUR PERSONAL HEALING SPACE

We have two homes; one resides in the external world, and the other lives inside us.

Cultivating the inner home means creating a solid core that is the foundation of our being and cannot be affected by ego and adverse circumstances, no matter the conditions you face. If you have built a safe inner home, you can create the requirements to be above things and enjoy life how it is.


When you establish that safe space-time, no matter what, you land in that

universal, timeless space in which the present moment is the unique dimension, perfect how it is. If we build our center inside ourselves, allowing us to be in the present in every circumstance, we will create a safe space in which nothing can scratch the values that build our solid inner self foundations. In this way, we will become more focused, resilient, and courageous to face life, enjoying every moment, also the most difficult ones.


3) OPEN YOUR HEART, SPREADING LOVE!

Sometimes I think we tend to live like machines, not humans. We have lost our deep, intimate connection; everyone takes care of "their little garden" with egoism and disregard for others. But that sense of ego and avidity is toxic not only for others but also for our souls.


We tend to close our hearts, so we preclude experiencing the emotional state of life. I am talking about little things: smile if we meet a stranger's eyes on the street or be kind with a simple gesture if someone is in difficulty and needs help and support, at the best of your possibility. And, of course, kindness isn't just for others but also for you.


Take care of your souls, love and accept yourself how you are, and you'll be able to spread an infinite love to all creatures in this world. So, let's begin with simple things: you might practice heart meditation or do some mindful activities that you like to take care of yourself.


In my perspective, the path of acceptance and compassion opens the way to understanding and love, which is the source of life and joy. Challenge yourself with a small gesture of love toward yourself and others; love is positively addictive, and soon you won't be able to do without it!


4) ESTABLISH A MEDITATIVE STATE

Meditation can be a powerful tool to establish a more deep intimate connection with our true selves rediscovering the primordial connection that, as human beings, we have with the universe. We are like a grain that belongs to the whole; we're Atman in Brahman.


The Atman is our true self, that uncorrupted part of us that is imperishable and belongs to the universe, not affected by the external material world, circumstances, and ego attachment. In this blissful state, we're free from the fluctuating mind that causes us pain and suffering. Living in the Atman state doesn't mean alienating ourselves from the material world but living in it consciously, recognizing what matters and what does not, conveying our most profound vibrational energy to things that are valuable for us, to live a healthy life full of joy and happiness.


This also allows us to rechannel to the universe, to that infinite source of life that different philosophies and science may call in different ways (God, Big Bang, etc.). Whatever you may call this source, what matters is that this relationship you establish with it can enable you to live a more conscious and healthy life, releasing all your vibrational energy positively and creatively in this beautiful world in which you can make your unique and unrepeatable contribution as a unique fragment of the universal!


Everything might look too abstract and complex to reach, but the reality is more straightforward than sometimes we can imagine. We need to let go, open our hearts, and allowing to create the conditions for that profound change that we might desire, but sometimes we fear.


Creating space for change requires less practical effort than constantly filling our lives with things but more emotional strength and courage. In my personal life, yoga, music, and a nomadic lifestyle approach are helping to create that condition for a life-changing that is valuable for my life, according to my needs and values. It is different for everyone; are you ready to find your path to shine?


For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. J. Fitzgerald)
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