and I am in a place of light in me,
we are in the place where the entire universe dwells
…we are one
Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God; your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone; and as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
What is Yoga? It is impossible to give a precise answer to this simple question, mainly because Yoga is so incredibly comprehensive and encompasses such a tremendous variety of approaches. The word itself means both “union” and “discipline” … thus “a spiritual discipline of integration.” What the tradition of Yoga weeks to integrate is head and heart, as well as psyche and world, on the basis of a profound spiritual realization that transcends head, heart, pysche and world.
No one is ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offersonly the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher, who helps us to understand…
The yogi realizes that his life and all its activities are part of the divine action in nature, manifesting and operating in the form of man. In the beating of his pulse and rhythm of his respiration, he recognizes the flow of the seasons and the throbbing of universal life…
While we practice conscious breathing, our thinking will slow down, and we can give ourselves a real rest. Most of the time, we think too much, and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed and peaceful. It helps us stop thinking so much and stop being possessed by sorrows of the past and worries about the future. It enables us to be in touch with life, which is wonderful in the present moment.
Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.
Yoga is acting in such a way that all of our attention is directed toward the activity in which we are engaged.
True happiness cannot be found in some thing or some person, because as everything changes, that level of happiness is bound to be temporary. More enduring is the possibility of experiencing a loving heart in any circumstance.
One can be in a condition of balance, which comes from the pure simplicity of taking whatever comes as it comes and doing what is worth doing in any circumstance. It is an extraordinarily beautiful state of mind and heart, which takes things in this manner. This equanimity or equality of spirit the Gita describes as ‘yoga’ – in the literal sense of that word, a unified state. It is this unified state in which the unity of the Spirit obtains and manifests it potentialities and harmony.
Live each present moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant.
…Surround me with your loving arms…hold me in your heart. Let me know that I am loved and that I can love. Show me that no matter where I go that I come and go in You. I am never out of your loving presence. That you are the smile behind the smile, the touch behind the touch, the kiss behind the kiss…You are the constant presence I forget until I remember, and when I remember my Self, I remember You. I sing your Name. What else can I think of? You ARE Love. And I AM You.
If you wish the world to become loving and compassionate, become loving and compassionate yourself. If you wish to diminish fear in the world, diminish your own. These are the gifts that you can give.
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings, everywhere, be happy and free and may the thoughts and actions of our lives contribute to that happiness and freedom for all.