By Sarah and Aaron.
“Yoga in Sanskrit means ‘to join’ or ‘to unite.’ Language Yoga is the act of speaking a language that helps me join and unite with my world. In my mind I merge myself with the world around me, and in doing so, I change my perspective of reality.” from I’m Calling Myself Out! – “Language Yoga.”
Language Yoga is the practice of bringing mindfulness to my language. By bringing awareness to the words I use and see, I can do the yoga of changing myself and healing myself and my world. I choose to nurture a culture of self-empowerment and self-healing and one way I do this by looking at my words.
I Language Yoga – Am I owning or projecting? When I change certain nouns and pronouns to words of ownership, namely ‘me’, ‘myself’ and ‘I’, I create an environment that supports self-empowerment and self-healing. The act of translating the words of my world gives me the power to transform my reality. When I see that it’s all me, I find my true self and become one with my universe.
Duality Language Yoga – Duality exists in nature and language reflects this duality, however, when I worship one side of the coin and suppress the other, I create imbalance in my being. Understanding duality is crucial for self-healing. To use Duality Language Yoga I substitute one side of a pair of opposites for the other side. This tool is a lens that allows me to see what I am hiding in my shadow. The question is, am I brave enough to face my shadow? By integrating my shadow with my consciousness I can heal my internal division and become whole.
Accumulations – Becoming infinite.
Meditations – Being eternal.
My thoughts have the power to manifest my reality. When I start owning all the different parts of me, I find that I have the ability to change my world simply by changing myself. By transforming my language, I transform the energy behind my words and thoughts, and this transformation ripples out into my world.
Read the story of Language Yoga’s Moment of Conception.
How To Use I Language Yoga:
1. Find Material: journals, emails, news, rants, jealousy… By focusing externally on the problem instead of facing myself, I am helping perpetuate the very system that I’m frustrated with.
2. Translate all externalizing nouns and pronouns (you, we, he, she, they, our, as well as names of other people) into pronouns which internalize (me, myself, I, my, self).
3. My subconscious mind reveals itself to me through my externalizations and judgments. When I translate my thoughts, I reveal what my subconscious is trying to tell me and I can then work to bring myself into balance and unity by owning what I find.
4. Take ownership for my own words and the words of my world. Work to change those things that I don’t like and celebrate the things that I do.
Most of the wisdom I dole out is in “you.” I’m giving away words intended for me, but I’m hiding behind “you.”
1. Translate the advice I give out and receive.
2. Apply said advice to myself. My true guru speaks from experience and leads by example.
These days I read “we” statements everywhere. This popular pronoun is used to inspire feelings of unity, but by nature “we” means two or more people; it implies separation. Furthermore, what if I don’t agree with the bandwagon “we?” Unity quickly falls into separation when “we” don’t all agree.
1. Translate the “we” statements of the world into I Language.
2. Take ownership of the part of “we” that is me.
Following is a list of links that provide access to additional information about the topics covered in Language Yoga in other cultures and languages. If you know of any more, please share and I’ll add them to the list!
Language Yoga paper is here!!!
Mesoamerican culture and the Nahuatl Language: connecting I language to ancient cultures such as the Maya and Aztec.
Rastafari culture from Jamaica with roots in Africa:
Japanese Zen Buddhism: Esho Funi – oneness of human and environment.
Percept Language: Roots in the ancient Pali culture including the language used by the Buddha.
Non Violent Communication:
“The Empathic Civilization” by Jeremy Rifkin
Recent Articles showing I Language in Modern American Culture:
The Wall Street Journal
Read more posts on the I Language Yoga website.
- 5 Ways To Boost My Consciousness With I Language Yoga. (ilanguageyoga.wordpress.com)