Reasons For Being – Raison d’etre


Masaru Emoto

In his New York Times Best Seller, “The Hidden Messages in Water,” Japanese explorer and author, Masaru Emoto, illuminates how human consciousness and emotions like love and hate, influence the molecular structure of water. While some skeptics have labelled Emoto’s work as pseudoscience due to the absence of peer-reviewed research, for many, his water experiments shed light on a natural phenomenon that demands our attention——the universal law of cause and effect.

Just as fear or hatred can trigger biochemical reactions leading to dis-ease and disharmony, living with love as your motivating force, or reason for getting out of bed each day, can cultivate well-being and happiness. The Japanese call the force that motivates us as humans, Ikigai. The French use the term ‘raison d’etre’ – reason for being. In Indian philosophy, ‘Sankalpa’ is the yogi’s declaration of purpose or heartfelt intention.

Whatever label you put on your intentions, motivations or ‘reasons for being’, leading with the heart and consciously choosing love and kindness as your modus operandi or deepest intention, we heed the wisdom of the ages:  loving kindness is the essence of our highest intelligence. It is a byproduct of the first yogic precept, the yama of ahimsa, nonviolence.

Author Nischala Joy Devi, in “The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras,” encapsulates this in her interpretation of 🧘🏽‍♂️yoga sutra 1.2 🧘👇

“Yoga is the uniting of consciousness within the heart.” 

This perspective, cultivated through consistent practice, leads to the realisation that both our internal and external experiences mirror the condition of our hearts and our capacity to choose L❤️‍🔥VE over animosity and fear. 

With that in mind, how is your heart? And, what is your raison d’etre?

If you’d like to explore these existential questions and more with the guidance of an accredited Yoga therapist, connect with me here.

Tanaya Ti en

Tanaya Ti en

When she’s not at home in Western Australia with her favourite humans, Florence the Dalmatian, and Turbo the rescue cat, Tanaya Ti’en is an accredited Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, Civil Celebrant, and founder of Mind Body Collective Australia. Her passion, work, and philosophy is centred around the mind-body connection, and the mind’s role in illness, wellness, dis-ease, and the healing process.