In July 1609, Galileo was in Venice, when he heard of a new invention that allowed distant objects to be seen as distinctly as if they were nearby. In 1610 he began his quest to better understand our universe by building his first telescope and peering into the night sky. Before Galileo the universe was just a mysterious mass of unchartered twinkling lights defined by mythical stories.
Looking back I remember going to my yoga classes for the first time. At the time, I was in the process of going through a divorce; my body and my life was a confusing hot mess. I found in my yoga practice a safe, non-judgmental space that allowed me to rediscover who I truly was.
There was something about the simplistic movements of yoga, tied to breath, which allowed my body to recover, release tension and strengthen my mind. Just as Galileo used his telescope to dissect the universe, I found my yoga mat gave me a minimalistic tool to reflect inward, discovering things about myself, with great clarity, that had eluded me my lifetime.
Like a ship with no rudder, many souls drift through life aimlessly without ever discovering their true self for themselves.
From the moment we are born, the world begins articulating who they think we are. We are given a name and before we leave the hospital a birth certificate is issued defining and categorizing us. Our society of parents, family, teachers and friends reinforce who we are by constantly comparing us to others.
As Galileo looked up and asked why, use this fresh new year of 2016 as a period of self-realization to look inward and explore. Define for yourself who you truly are, without comparing yourself to others or listening to who society thinks you are. In better understanding yourself, you may just unlock your purpose; when you find purpose, your life takes on a profound new meaning.