I have previously described the common obstacles to achieving yoga, known as the Kleshas. However, I would like to further examine one particular Klesha in greater detail.
This Klesha, known as Abhinivesa, describes the feeling and emotion known in the western world as fear. Fear is possibly one of the most illusive of all the Kleshas as it is difficult to identify.
Why? Because often our fears are so deeply programmed into our thought processes during our childhood and through years of cultural conditioning we cannot recognize them. Therefore, it takes some real honest soul searching to uncover what they truly are.
So why does it matter if we have these fears? Well it doesn't matter as long as you want to continue living life not understanding why you continue to come across the same obstacles. However, if you do wish to understand your thoughts, actions and behaviours, I suggest you have a look at your fears.
Many people have fears surrounding money, being alone or of not being good enough. This causes people to often pursue situations which do not serve them or avoid certain situations altogether. Fear has been described by many of my yoga teachers, as one of the most powerful catalysts causing people to act or non-act in life.
Therefore, by becoming aware of the underlying currents or rather the fear which drive us, we are empowered to refine our thoughts, behaviours and actions and can work towards becoming the creators of our own destiny.