Pure Intentions

In my yogic journey, I do not wish simply to rid my physical body of impurities, tension and anxiety. However, I wish to make my study of yoga a study of my Self, referring to the definition by C.G. Jung of the archetype The Self. My interpretation of The Self is: to be familiar with my soul which is passed my Persona as the world knows me, and through to discover my unconscious.

I believe that with a religious practice of meditation, it is possible to reach a level of subconscious. “No one can know himself unless he knows what, and not who, he is, on what he depends, or whose he is (or to whom or what he belongs) and for what end he was made” C.G. Jung. The “what Jung refers to is the neutral self or the Collective Unconscious. As a Catholic I would understand this as the Holy Spirit. It is to be completely tranquil, to find peace and gratitude in everything.

If this essay is not entirely comprehensible, it is because I do not completely understand meditation. My spiritual path has been limited by the rituals of Catholicism. I know that as a human, I am a creature of habit. Currently a habit of mine is to recite The Serenity Prayer to myself. “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.” To me this prayer is what a practicing yogi strives for.

They must be indifferent to the world and just accept it as it is. I am trying to be mindful of how my decisions are affecting my mind and body, and furthermore how I can affect others. I have learned what is said to be the greatest truth when it comes to Love, and that is “you cannot love another until you learn to love yourself”. My father explained this concept to me. In a metaphor, you cannot enjoy a butterfly when it is still in its cocoon; it may still be a beauty, but it is not what it was meant to be. In this case, I am in my cocoon, and I know that my Self love is not full.

There are aspects of the life of a yogi that are unknown to me, but I am willing to learn.  I know that I am familiar with Asanas and some Mantras. I know that I enjoy helping people, and as I enjoy learning new things, I also love to teach others. I understand that happiness is not to be pursued; it should just be. And beyond this, I know that my intentions are pure. In a collection of essays by Thomas Merton titled “No Man is an Island”, he speaks of pure intention.

“In order to make our intentions pure, we do not give up all idea of seeking our own good, we simply seek it where it can really be found: in a good that is beyond and above ourselves.” I do not wish to be taught by Leela Mata so that I can simply mirror those lessons in a studio to my own students. Instead I wish to expand my current understanding of yoga in its entirety (body and mind). Then I can absorb the knowledge given to me in everyday life, interpret it and grow from it personally so that I can share with my students the truths that I have come to know, and enjoy enlightening people through rituals of physical, mental, and spiritual nature.

pure intentions

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Katie Fisher

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  1. Zack William says:

    Great video, Katie ! Good luck !

  2. Daniel Fisher says:

    Good luck, Hon, you make me proud! – Dad

  3. Lizzie says:

    The Twitter didn’t work !

    Editors note: we just checked and it works just fine.

  4. Debbie Fisher says:

    Katie, I liked it on facebook, but I don’t think it worked.

    Editors note: The Facebook like icon will not give a confirmation but it does work. It is the new system they use. Check your page and you should see the post there.

  5. Yancey Catlin says:

    I voted for you.

  6. dave mahon says:

    i like the idea my body says its not doin it

  7. devon says:

    yoga is a good thing to do when you are streching and relaxin your mucels.

  8. Jamie Rubenzer says:

    Beautiful! You couldn’t have worded that more brilliantly! I love you.

  9. Pfc Franke, Philip says:

    Katie is a yoga fanatic. She is a calming person to have around.
    She has inspired ta start yoga, not only because i think it will help wit my apft {army physical fitness test} but because i believe it will help me on the battlefield. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

    sincerely:
    Private First Class Franke,Philip 10th Mt. light infantry

    • Katie Anne says:

      Thank you for your support ! I’m always willing to help out friends with stretching. But I want to expand my knowledge, which is why I applied for this scholarship. Tysvm !

  10. Gina Peterson says:

    Nice job Katie. I am so proud of you! You truly can do anything that you set you mind to. You amaze me. Love always, your sister

    • Katie Anne says:

      Thank you, Gina. I do believe you can do anything you set your mind to. So if everyone who votes for me envisions me getting this scholarship and becoming a yoga teacher, then I will !

  11. Krystal says:

    This is a great video. I think Katie deserves this scholarship. She has amazing commitment and drive. Not to mention, she has immersed herself in the yogic lifestyle. Katie’s innate curiosity and desire to learn and apply her knowledge to her life has always been such an inspiration to me. Go, Katie!!!

    • Katie Anne says:

      Thank you for your comment and review of me, dear. Even though it doesn’t count for anything but a meager vote on here, it counts as more with me !

  12. Verena Z says:

    You are wonderful Katie! Keep up the amazing work.

  13. mary lofgren says:

    Can tell you gave this alot of thought, and put you’re heart and soul into it. It was very interesting!! Keep up the good work Katie. I’m really proud of you. I just know that one day you’ll be very successful at whatever life throws you’r way!

  14. Patrick Perish says:

    Sounds good! Go for it!

  15. Reanna says:

    This is great! I am in a yoga class at my college and new to this lifestyle, but I think Katie deserves the scholarship.

  16. Nancy Bundy says:

    Good Luck Katie!

  17. Colleen Leer says:

    Good luck Katie!!!

  18. curt peterson says:

    Amazing and full of truth. Bless you and continue on your journey. curt

  19. Corey D says:

    Hey! Miss ya at work! Good luck!

  20. Cori says:

    You put your heart and soul into this, I can tell just by reading it! I hope you find your Self! You are a wonderful person Katie!:)

  21. Corrine says:

    Good job hun!

  22. Delaney says:

    Way to go cousin Katie!

  23. Gavin says:

    I am proud of you Katie! Good luck!

  24. Caitlyn says:

    Good luck Katie! We are rooting for you!

  25. Jennifer says:

    Great article, good luck.

  26. Sadie Lee says:

    Good job; you deserve to win!!!!

  27. Chris says:

    I hope you win :3

  28. Kyle Travis says:

    Good luck Katie!

  29. Thomas says:

    Love it Katie! You’ve been a great teacher for me with yoga, hope you are able to continue learning more about it!

  30. darshanie sukhu says:

    Dear Katie, It would be wonderful to have you here at Peaceful Valley. Its really great to see your enthusiasm for yoga. I think you will be a super yoga teacher. Good luck :)

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