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Module 5 – Lesson 4.1: Retraining unhelpful thinking

Module 5 – Lesson 4.1:
Retraining unhelpful thinking

Our codes for living soulfully in the world

We can use the details of our everyday life as raw material for developing our self-awareness and self-observation. This can assist us to think and feel more impartially, act more wisely and ultimately uncover a calmer mind. 

The ancient teachings of yoga are conveyed in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a series of short sentences of wisdom. These include the yamas and niyamas, which can be considered intuitive guidelines to bring into all dimensions of our daily life. These can also be practised as a mindfulness to raise our awareness.

The yamas and niyamas assist us to cultivate a deeper understanding of our attitudes and behaviors — the ways we treat ourselves, others, and the world around us. These insights can lead to personal change not only benefiting ourselves, but others in our life!

The video below explains the yamas and niyamas with some ideas about how to apply these to yourself and in your daily life.


This list below includes some practical tips, to support you to bring the yamas and niyamas into your daily life:

1. Goal setting: Honestly evaluate your capacity for change in an area of our life –  be specific, but practical.

2. Consequences: Lovingly, patiently, skillfully win over any inner resistance, so that your mind becomes your ally.

3. Positive affirmations: State what you wish to develop clearly, succinctly and in the present tense – refer to previous Lesson 3.1 – Affirmations.

4. Pratipaksha Bhavana: This yogic technique helps you to overcome negative patterns, by consciously inviting you to cultivate the opposite positive thought in your mind. This can help bypass the mind’s resistance to change. 

5. Accountability: Every day, pause, reflect, and notice your progress. A few moments a day helps you to stay on track.


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