Being brave isn’t always what you think, is it? It is not necessarily jumping off a bridge or performing some amazing feat, it can be as simple as coming to a yoga class.

For me, being brave is dropping into my heart, opening up to the most vulnerable part of myself and allowing my deepest yearnings to be heard.

I find this is only possible, when I feel completely balanced, safe and in tune. And this only occurs for me during meditation, yoga or in the psychotherapy session.

That moment, when the critical voice takes a break and the deepest desire makes itself heard is precious, when I am truly alive.

In yoga there is an interesting concept of the three Gunas: Tamas, Rajas and SAttwa.

Tamas equates to the lethargic, rotting, fermentation aspect of Nature, so winter is a tamasic time..

Rajas is movement, noise, bright colours, spicy food, like Spring.

Sattwa is purity, stillness, awareness, astute consciousness.

We often move from one to the other, they are intertwined and rely on each other. We need someone to kick us off the sofa in order to go for a yoga class, when we have arrived at the yoga class, we need to do a few sun salutations before we feel that acute stillness, Sattwa.

It is in this state of Sattwa we are directly connected to God, or pure consciousness, or your own wisdom, however you choose to see it.

This moment is precious. This is when you are truly alive to your own life, to your lies, your evasions and your misconceptions and the path of truth and freedom avails itself gently and without effort. For some people this means a gentle awakening to an aspect of their life, a solution to a problem or simply a deeper devotion to their current path.

I truly hope you commit to coming to yoga or doing the meditation course, so that this Sattwic state of mind can become more and more part of your daily life and you can live more closely according to your calling, your vocation, your yearning.

Be Brave – Practise yoga!