Bram Levinson

With the deep heat of mid-July in full swing and  many people taking vacations and time off of work, I figured that now is a good opportunity to offer something to those of you who have a moment to sit and reflect. Every so often, I encourage people to take a break out of their day or week to sit in silence and reflect on what they’re doing in their day-to-day lives. I even encourage my students to take a break from their yoga practice every so often. I’ve spoken about how pausing my own yoga practice for a week or two has given me incredible insight and reminders about why yoga means so much to me and why I keep coming back to it. I’m a big fan of the perception and clarity that comes from pausing to breathe, evaluate and re-assess the state of one’s life and habits, because the potential benefits are immeasurable.When we spend the majority of our time doing something, from our professional career to keeping ourselves healthy and well, we get so caught up in the routine of it all that we lose sight of the initial reasons that brought us there.

I’ve been working a lot this year, adding a handful of projects to my already busy 2012/2013 schedule of classes, retreats, education and workshops, all to keep myself focused and stimulated. In the midst of all the planning, scheduling, and communicating, I took some time this week to unplug from all my outlets to ask myself the simplest (but scariest) of questions: why am I doing all this?

It’s very easy to lose sight of the initial reasons that led me to make the decisions I’ve made to teach, mentor and put myself out there, just as it is for anyone to lose sight of why they spend their time the way they do. The opportunities for reflecting on  how we spend our time are infinite. I know that the measure of one’s success is very often based on the degree of positive feedback and reinforcement that one receives as a result of one’s efforts, and it’s even easier to allow the ego to flare up every time that occurs. I also know, however, that the more one buys into the illusion of validation when it presents itself, the more one is affected by the lack of validation when it seems like no one is paying attention. To substantiate one is to substantiate the other, and both are an illusion. They can be indicators of possibly veering from one’s intended path, but they ultimately aren’t real.

After really giving it some thought this week, the fact of the matter is this: I do what I do because it’s the most authentic extension of myself. I do what I do because I am in a state of perpetual wonder at the possibilities that are available to not only me, but to us all. I work as hard as I do because it’s not work for me – it’s personal development and exploration. I push forward in this life to inspire others to push forward in their lives, because the possibilities are more wondrous and inspiring than anyone could imagine. I definitely feel like I face challenges and risks in having chosen a path that ultimately depends on whether or not people want to listen to what I have to say, but I also have unshakeable faith in the knowledge that nothing of any value is accomplished without taking risks and barreling through challenges.

And so I now find myself re-focused, with clear objectives in all areas of my life, objectives that I know will bring me past the boundaries of what I thought possible. I want you to do the same. Essentially, I’m doing it to show you that you can do it. I am doing everything possible to demonstrate how the doors we have always believed were closed to us have been open the whole time – we were just standing in our own way. Push past your limits of what you thought you were capable of achieving/doing/being. Don’t pay any attention to the voice of doubt or fear that will inevitably pop up, either from your own thoughts or from those around you. Do what’s right for you, and know that you haven’t figured everything out yet – keep pushing and exploring, and I’ll do the same. Let me know your findings when you get there 🙂

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  1. Hi Bram,,,,again I like your ideas & comments. I also work in the capacity of helping and guiding people in physical and emotional and sometimes spiritual health. I am a physiotherapist and yoga teacher,…so my training is in the physical health, but all three run in parallel to each other and intersect and one cannot be treated in a void without the other. My days are long but stimulating and rewarding. I have to constantly remind myself of my intentions. I also ask my self ( why am I doing all this ).?? But often when I search ,…I find the answer,.. that I love to see the light in someone else shine brighter because they have learned something good for themselves,…be it a physical ability like keeping your body in one plane for triangle pose,..or an emotional realization that that they can stand on their own two feet , firmly and strongly without anyone supporting them,…or that for balance in yoga one needs focus for balance, also in life situations.
    Yes it is important to Push forward to discover the possibilities that are waiting for us,…but it is also important to be still ,..and listen to our inner self and with integrity to know our intentions,..and our limits . ciao Halina

  2. Awesome picture and great comments this far!! ‘we were just standing in our own way’ has definitely put a smile on my face :), Bram! You are a very good communicator and the coherence you live is evident from all your postings. Congrats!
    Really hoping to see you in Croatia…

  3. Inspiring blog Bram! For me, authenticity is definitely a continuous quest. As for taking a step back, a pause to reflect, my absolute favorite means is travel. Nothing like stepping out of my comfort zone and exploring unbeaten paths and new frontières to get me reved up and ready to push even further. C U @ Centre Luna !

  4. I feel like I never have time to sit and reflect. But you’re right – it’s necessary. Because it’s starting to feel like I’m just running and running without a direction. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  6. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang
    of it!

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