The Dance of Destruction

As we are reaching the halfway point of our year, it is a great time to review how we have been doing with the hopes and dreams that were with us as we kicked off this year. In January, we likely had goals of who we hoped to become during the course of this year. Even if we didn't write down the goals, we had an image of habits we wished to continue and habits we hoped we could get rid of. However, we don't often hear of people sticking with their goals past February, nonetheless in July. This post is meant to be give hope to anyone who has ever felt like the victim to their goals. Here, we re-empower ourselves to know that we can become something more.

In Hinduism, there is a sort of "trinity" of Gods in charge of the proceedings of this Earth. Brahma is the God of Creation, Vishnu is the Preserver, and Shiva is the God of Destruction. When he is depicted such as in the image above, it is a part of his Dance of Destruction. Interestingly, Shiva is also the being called the God of Yoga. We don't often think about it, but yoga is meant to be a force of destruction in our lives.

People don't always like hearing about this side of yoga because of the negative connotation we've associated with the word "destruction". We'd rather hear that yoga is about peace, love, connection, compassion, and joy. It is true that yoga can bring one into these more pleasant states of life because these are qualities that naturally arise with union. However, we cannot ignore the destructive powers of yoga.

What does yoga destroy? Here is a list of 3 of them, among many others:

1. Yoga helps destroy the ego.

The ego is the part of us that makes us seem different than others. In order to navigate through a job and other life skills, we have to be able to work with an ego. However, in terms of spiritual progress, the ego holds us back. So long as the ego is allowed to completely run the show, people are able to justify war, lying, cheating, stealing, and violence toward others. Instead, when we realize that in hurting others, we are only hurting ourself, we begin to connect to the deeper meaning of yoga.

2. Yoga destroys the habits that hold us back from connecting with our soul.