If we are united by any one thing, it is suffering. Suffering is the most universal of human experiences. It touches us all, rich, poor, young, old, beautiful and plain. We are united by grief and cruelty and random injustice. We are united by our reactions to these things – anguish, guilt, rejection and disbelief. […]
Namasté. You are probably aware that yoga pays very special attention to the breath. It is considered that the breath is the link between body and mind. The first three angas (limbs) of yoga are concerned with the outer world. Then comes pranayama, acting as a link from the outer to the inner realms. Of […]
This song is transformative in its power and beauty. A link, and the text. Om. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ0h1sb1IFI Ma Amba Lalitha Devi Parashakti Sundari Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah Ma Amba Lalitha Devi Mahamaye Mangale Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah Ma Amba Lalitha Devi Mahakali Bhairavi Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah Ma Amba Lalitha Devi Mahalakshmi Vaishnavi […]
Patience is a quality associated with the root chakra, the Muladhara chakra. The root chakra is associated with the element Earth. Earth changes slowly and deliberately. I’ve never seen a rock looking at a clock! As I began to write yesterday, patience has an element of faith in the unknown. When we are impatient, we […]
Patience is accepting the unknown, indefinitely. When we cultivate patience, we accept things as they are, for as long as they are meant to be that way. This does not mean that we sit passively on the sidelines waiting for the sky to fall. It means that we work steadily and conscientiously on our work, […]
Compassion arises spontaneously when sadhana (practice) clears and calms the cit (mind). By embracing the reality of impermanence, we perceive the true fragility of everything. Impermanence is beauty – a plastic flower may be attractive and last forever, but a real flower is glorious precisely because it is short lived. Spring is all around right […]
Ananda is a word used in both yogic and buddhist lexicons. It means pure bliss or joy. It is often found as a suffix in the spiritual names of those who have attained samadhi and thus live blissfully a human existence (eg: Yogananda, Sivananda). I am inviting ananda into my daily life. I have become […]
Breathe like you mean it.
The breath is the link between the exterior and the interior yogic practices. It is not in vain that pranayama is the fourth of the eight limbs (ashtanga) of yoga. The first three are the most external: habits and behaviours towards yourself and others (niyamas, yamas) and postures (asana). The last 4 angas are to […]
The ego is like the appetite: the more you feed it, the more it needs feeding.