The Yoga of Mindset
Developing Resilient, Healthy Minds & Lifelong Emotional Intelligence
Listening to Learn
When I was an elementary school teacher, almost every day a student would ask me to help him “fix” a problem with another child. Of course, by fixing the argument for him, that child never learned how to fix it for himself. And naturally, this meant that it was going to happen again, just like if we go fishing and I take the pole from you, you will never learn how to fish.
It is still true into adulthood so we pass it on. No one is teaching us how to use our thoughts, and our thoughts keep using us. The Yoga of Mindset website and free lessons exist in order to support us with the knowledge and tools we need so that we are able to fish for the life we dream about living no matter what our age.
The Mindset of Yoga
Though yoga may best be known in the West for twisting bodies, for centuries the heart of yoga has been the scientific study of the human mind. Mindset, neuroplasticity, hardwired neuronal paths, these are the sounds of brain science catching up to millennia of settled knowledge and naming things anew.
As a monk once told me, “Life takes courage.” Of course, one doesn’t have to be a monk to recognize this. It likely resonates for anyone navigating to this website. Yet, this especially rings true for children in today’s culture where being a child can be a daily, daunting, brilliant act of courage.
The human mind is the most powerful tool in existence, and as children our minds began as the most beautiful, receptive tabula rasa ever created. How strange that during our most formative years, we are never once given direct, sustained instruction on how thoughts create our perceptions and experience every moment of every day. Yet, it is never too late learn. In fact, our experience of the very next moment depends on it.
The Yoga of Mindset (TYOM)
After 18 years of teaching in elementary classrooms across 3 states and 7 school districts, it became crystal clear to me that the highest purpose for education is this: We must understand that we are not a thought. We need to know that our thoughts are powerful and creative, and that we do not have to believe a thought if we don’t wish to.
The Yoga of Mindset website and free lessons give us the tools necessary to live harmoniously among our thoughts. Our brains are designed to hardwire our most habitual thoughts and feelings, and when we don't understand the most basic way that life works, we use our thoughts to create a life we want as well as a life we don't want.
Because past hardwired thoughts and feelings have carved deep pathways in our brains, we return to them unconsciously and automatically. Over time, we can experience our emotions and perceptions like being trapped in a loop and think, This is how life really is and always will be.
I sometimes wonder if the greatest discovery is not also the most empowering one—when we understand, “No one else can do this for me,” it is truly an exciting moment, and one of the non-negotiables for creating and holding onto the life of our dreams.
"Understand that only you can be the gardener of your own mind. No one else can ever do it for you. And thank goodness! Because this is what makes you, you. Once you realize that you can think what you choose, whenever you want, the unique gift that you are to the world will grow. Knowing this is the first step to lasting happiness. But practicing this every single day is one of the secret keys to living the life of your dreams."