You can move and exercise your body with the intention of becoming more complete and vibrant, a vehicle for the expression of spirit.
When we are relaxed, calm and open like a pool in a glade the quality of our inner nature stands out clearly. We have a keen and direct perception of ourselves and our interaction with everything that is going on around us. Our energy is well focused; we can think clearly, and we are able to plan and organize our thoughts effectively. We are self-assured: we know what we want to accomplish, what our obstacles are, and how to dissolve them. We work with ease, moving fluidly, in tune with our work rather than resisting its requirements, simply doing what needs to be done. Our work takes on a vital texture, alive with challenge and fulfillment, and the results of our actions reflect the relaxed quality we bring to them.
Our journey– our practice is to harvest the ability to stay present, open, and balanced through all experiences and realms of life. With a solid foundation of daily meditation and yoga class penciled into your daily routine this should be easy. NOT. It isn’t, not for a devoted yogi or otherwise. We all suffer and the hindrances that we face are the same: desire, aversion, sleepiness, and doubt. Add to that the feelings of happiness or sadness, frustration, anger, annoyance, joy, interest, excitement, restlessness, or fear and it may seem impossible to find any kind of balanced sensation.
So, what to do…
Sit down, settle back, stay open, and listen to the breath. Typical, yoga instructions, but why?
Breathing is a useful primary object because for the most part it is always present. *And we want to be in the present moment, not hung up on the past or worrying about the future. So one can always come back to the breath, settling into it, feeling it, noticing it. And when different mind states or objects of awareness arise, identify them and then let them pass away. When they are no longer predominant, return to the breath or to sensations in the body.
Use this tool during both meditation and your daily yoga practice to get the most out of each lesson!
DAY 17: Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.-Buddhist Quote
Travel meditation for a train, bus, or in traffic gridlock:
Let the whole of your body go loose, relaxing any area of tension, and take some deep breaths. Accept that there is nothing you can do to get to your destination faster. Focus on your breathing and visualize any anxiety or worry simply floating away with each exhalation. Just let it go. Each time anxiety or worry tries to come back, bring your focus back to the breath and let go. You might even want to repeat the mantra PEACE with each exhalation.
Your body is an image of the world around you. Think of it as a big international club. You have 300 joints–meaning you have 300 club members associated in one body. The blood circulation is 96,000 kilometers long if you take all the arteries, veins, and smaller blood vessels together, and there are 16,000 kilometers of biological energy flowing in the nervous system. The surface of your lungs is as big as a tennis court. Your brain has four lobes. And guess what…Yoga provides help to all these parts so that they may work in harmony.
Yoga works on your conscience
Yoga works on your consciousness
Yoga works on your intelligence
Yoga works on your senses
Yoga works on you flesh
Yoga works on your organs of perception
Bring health and harmony to those around you–not by withdrawl but by being a healthy living organ of the body of humanity.
Credits to B.K.S. IYENGAR and The Tree of Yoga
“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
***Well done and well said