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    Bram Levinson

    Bram Levinson

    Author, Yoga Teacher, Retreat Coordinator, Mentor

    Author of The Examined Life (www.theexaminedlifebook.com), Bram Levinson is a nationally known yoga teacher, blogger, mentor and lecturer based in Montreal. An enthusiastic yogi since 1999, he began his Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Darby, Shankara & Joanne. With additional training from Luna Yoga's Jennifer Maagendans, Bram incorporates all his experience on and off the mat into his yoga classes, workshops and lectures which offer insight into alignment, breath awareness, and the ability to use laughter to get through the more challenging postures, sequences, and difficult moments in life. He is an iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Trained Teacher, as well as an alumni ambassador for Lululemon's Ste-Catherine Street location. He has been on the faculty of the Montreal Yoga Festival, as well as multiple Wanderlust Yoga Festivals. His yoga retreats bring students across the globe 2-3 times a year, with previous locations including Istanbul, Berlin, Tulum, Santorini, Paros and Mljet in Croatia. Bram is forever grateful to the Darbys, Jennifer Maagendans, Richard Miller, and Joan Ruvinsky who initially offered illumination on his yogic path. His insights and observations can be followed on his blog connect to the sky at http://bramlevinson.wordpress.com, his website at www.bramlevinson.com.

Just A Thought…

Posted by Bram Levinson on June 10, 2010

I attended Jae Steele‘s workshop last week at Luna Yoga and walked away with a lot to think about. Jae was in town to promote her new vegan cookbook, Ripe From Around Here, and so I figured that her workshop would be mainly food and nutrient-based, but we ended up talking about an essential ingredient to leading a happy life: communication. We discussed all kinds of scenarios and emotions, and touched on the subject of goals, which has been on my mind for months.

How many of you are currently working towards a goal, regardless of whatever area of your life it affects? And how many of you have a goal in the back of your mind that you’ve been meaning to start working towards but either life or procrastination (or both) have prevented you from doing so? Most of us spend the majority of our energies and time on our jobs, pulling in the money we need to pay our way through life…if while doing this your soul is being nourished and you’re loving what you do, then you’re way ahead of the game. For those that don’t fall into that category, I submit the following for your consideration: why not commit ourselves to pursuing the goals that will bring us closer to where we’d like to be, where we see ourselves in our wildest, most ambitious dreams? Why not make it a point to stop listening to that little voice of doubt, the same inner voice that feels the need to rationalize everything down to the most infinitesimal particle? Why not adopt the certainty that we can be monumentally more than everything we dream of? What I’m proposing (and I do understand that we only have a certain amount of hours in the day within which we need to fulfil our obligations) is that we start actively and consciously moving towards where we see our ideal selves. If we took the same duration of time for our selves that we do for our jobs and applied ourselves to accomplishing what we dream of accomplishing, how much more peace would we be able to incorporate into our lives and into the lives of those around us? Our goals need not be of the lofty sort…from having a simple, long-overdue conversation with someone to wanting to rule the world, we can dream as big as we’d like to. What matters is that we take control of our own happiness now. Today. The only person we have standing in our way is ourself. Do yourself the favour of getting out of your own way. I did a couple of years ago, and the path that made itself visible immediately afterwards continues to be more than I ever could have hoped for. We all deserve to feel an overwhelming sense of truth…a sense of being exactly where we’re supposed to be…surrounded by and infused by the most blissfully blinding light and energy. It’s already in us all, we just need to get out of our own way to make it visible. Today. Now….

Just a thought :)

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2 Responses to “Just A Thought…”

  1. Lynette said

    I plan to read this post often to remind myself of what’s important. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rachel said

    I really like that you suggest that we take control of our happiness, rather than assuming that happiness is something that just happens (if we are lucky, or work hard…).

    Another great post!

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