How to Change the Program when your Mind is Binge Watching Reality Show Drama.

Via Kino MacGregor
on Nov 26, 2015
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An untrained mind is like flipping TV channels—you don’t know how you but somehow you end up binge watching some reality show drama trainwreck.

Our thoughts and emotions are like a “show” constantly playing on the inner screen of the mind. How do you change the channel and find a “program” that you like instead of leaving the mind to go rogue?

The solution is simple—where you turn your attention to, it will go.

Carefully train the mind and then turn your attention to the inner world. But leave the mind untrained and it will often veer towards negativity—fear, drama, anger, unhappiness, desire, dissatisfaction, general sense of malaise, complaining, self-pity and self-loathing. These are the resting points of an untrained mind and the root of suffering.

Be willing to sacrifice these familiar ways of being. Be willing to surrender into something bigger and let the old ways go. It’s tempting to meet the shadow side of the mind with rules, regulations and moral codes.

I’ve suffered from debilitating panic attacks so I know how tempting and comforting it feels to think you can feel safe by fitting everything in a box. But really, control is an illusion and adherence to dogmas leaves you stuck in a legalistic code that is dead.

Instead, live in spirit. Let the light fill you up so powerfully that there is simply no choice but to embrace the clarity of truth. Shine so bright so you blind people who don’t want to recognize your greatness. Grow so big so that no one’s smallness will ever bring you down.

Rise above and beyond.


More from Kino: 

Stepping toward Authenticity: Sharing ourselves wholly & completely.


Author: Kino MacGregor

Editor: Katarina Tavčar

Photo: Gilbert M. Ledezma Ho/Instagram 


About Kino MacGregor

Kino MacGregor is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. The youngest woman to hold this title, she has completed the challenging Third Series and is now learning the Fourth Series. After seven years of consistent trips to Mysore, at the age of 29, she received from Guruji the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga and has since worked to pass on the inspiration to practice to countless others. In 2006, she and her husband Tim Feldmann founded Miami Life Center, where they now teach daily classes, workshops and intensives together in addition to maintaining an international traveling and teaching schedule. She has produced three Ashtanga yoga DVDs (Kino MacGregor – A Journey, A Workshop; Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series; Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series), an Ashtanga yoga practice card and a podcast on yoga. Her next book, The Power of Ashtanga Yoga, is set to come out in the spring of 2013 from Shambhala Publications. As a life coach and Ph.D. student in holistic health with a Master’s Degree from New York University, Kino integrates her commitment to consciousness and empowerment with her yoga teaching. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, Yoga Joyful Living, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Florida Travel & Life Magazine, Six Degrees Magazine as well as appearing on Miami Beach’s Plum TV and the CBS Today Show. Find her on her page, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Get her Yoga Life app on iTunes.


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