When you think of endurance do you experience a positive or negative feeling? Although deemed an admirable quality in others, most people think of endurance as “having to bear through a challenge’ and it evokes a feeling of difficulty within. Yet the Yoga teachings extol titiksha (endurance) as a necessary and beneficial spiritual quality.
In a recent discussion with my meditation group, we tried associating various qualities with the word endurance. In doing so, we began seeing how endurance applies to all levels of our experience – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
On a physical level, the example of long distance paddling or running clearly exemplified how, with consistency and discipline, endurance can be cultivated – even enjoyed – taking an athlete to the proverbial “zone” where she rises above bodily sensations to a transcendent place of pure presence within the activity.
On a mental level, practicing endurance through maintaining evenmindedness, non-reactivity and concentration enables us to move with greater ease through life’s inevitable challenges. And certainly mental endurance is required in life.
On an emotional level, constant waves of feeling throw us from attachment to aversion. Developing strong willpower to resist acting from these emotional urges creates a more disciplined human being – one committed to the highest good regardless of momentary inclination toward gratification.
And last, on a spiritual level, to be both disciplined and deeply devotional in our daily practice or spiritual sadhana, requires endurance. By showing up day after day after day to seek and honor the divine, we cultivate a rhythm in which the ‘negative’ or challenging aspect of endurance ceases and we enter the zone of simple presence.
Like the long distance athlete, eventually we come to a point of surrender within our endurance – a spiritual surrender of the ego that thinks it can ‘do’ it all.
By holding the trials of endurance more positively in our minds and hearts, we can trust that it is the very quality that takes us where we most want to be. In the juxtaposition of committed, extreme effort and complete willingness to let go, we experience bliss.
People are often confused by the concept of classes or services “by donation.” Some wonder what the appropriate or expected amount is to donate and some assume that donation means “free.”
If you think of donation as “offering” then if I offer you this service, class, opportunity, etc …then you offer back what it is worth to you. What value does what I am offering hold to you?
The word “offering” is often used in religious or spiritual reference and in its true spirit it is a symbol of devotion and appreciation. A heart felt donation or offering does not come from what we find haphazradly in our wallets, but from a true valuing of what is being received.
Dharma: Why I do what I do
The word “dharma” comes from the Sanskrit root dhri, meaning to “uphold” or to “sustain.” Think of it as, “that which upholds or sustains the positive order of things in the Universe.” Therefore our personal dharma is our particular perfect place in the Universe.
With each precious passing year, I have been taking stock of how I spend my time, contemplating why I do what I do and thinking about what is important in life.
Paramahansa Yogananda says that whatever we do is either taking us closer to God or farther away, in the sense that we are either moving deeper into ego consciousness or soul awareness. And that the whole meaning of life is to realize the soul’s Oneness with God.
So that is why I do what I do and why I know that I am living my dharma - because on a daily basis I strive to share with students and clients the Yogic teachings that take us closer to God and the realization of that Oneness.
Whether leading a class in meditation , striking a pose on a trail to align with the tree behind me, tor coaching a client through a life challenge – he essence of the practice is remembering the Love within. That is God – that is Dharma – that is what upholds the positive order of things in the Universe!
What Does Yoga Have to do with Skydiving?
As a yoga teacher I am always trying to build bridges for my students – showing them how what we are doing in yoga class applies to life off the mat. This is because I believe that Yoga is the purpose of Life – one intentional movement after another on the journey home to unity with our true Self.
So whenever a challenging situation in Life appears I ask myself, what would the Yoga teachings have to say about this?
This week I was invited to jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet, freefall at 120 miles per hour for 9,000 feet and then hope a parachute opens and coast to the ground. Skydiving of course. Hmmmm….what would Yoga have to say about this?
First, attune to my highest wisdom. Does this feel like a safe thing for me to do today? Just like in asana class, each day and each body is different and not everything is right for everyone. We need to listen to our internal guidance system. Some fear was definitely present, in the same way that someone learning an inversion feels trepidation at turning their world upside down. I wanted to do it but was about to completely let go of my safety zone and fall into the ozone of trust. Knowing that if we listen internally, we know if and when its okay for us to approach these places, I checked in and said “Yes, let’s go!”
Second, assess the instructor and his skill in guiding me into the unknown challenge. The tandem skydive instructor happened to be a yoga student of mine with a career of 17 years and over 12,000 jumps from even greater heights. He coached me clearly and shared his joy. He was not pushy and he made me feel safe. If a yoga teacher is not doing the same, then its time to leave that class. I felt ready.
Third, remember to breathe. I admit although I have 18 years telling other people to breathe in yoga class, my skydive instructor had to remind me to take in some oxygen as our small prop plane ascended and I watched the familiarity of earth disappear beneath us. My heart was racing. Long slow belly breaths – basic yoga style – brought me back to calm.
When it came our turn to launch out, he reminded me of the fourth and most important thing of all. “Have fun!” Ah yes…that is the goal of Yoga and Life – JOY! When we can get out of the way and expand back into the consciousness of our true nature, the yogis tell us it is all BLISS. So, I took an extra deep breath and we flew over the edge into freefall. Like someone propelling themselves up into a handstand for the first time feels a rush of elation, the experience of being completely without attachment, without control, and without agenda took over. Forty five seconds of freedom seeing earth from space – what I normally perceive as everything just a pin prick beneath me – was astounding. I could palpably feel the Divine essence all around me, in the light, the air, the beauty, the exhilaration.
The view as we coasted down was spectacular, like the sweet moments of relaxing within an inversion. Of course touching down was a relief and truly felt ‘grounding.’ But the experience reminded me that every movement we make – on or off our yoga mat – as long as it takes us closer to the realization that we are the awareness within the movement and not just the external mover, IS Yoga. And Yoga is Life. And Life is good.
(part of 10 part series on the Yamas and Niyamas for My Yoga Online)
Truth is liberating. It can also be complicated. And it is always powerful, so powerful that the Yoga Sutras tell us that when we are “dedicated to truth and integrity, our thoughts, words and actions gain the power to manifest.” Truth is full of consequences – positive and negative. That is why so many people avoid it, preferring the convenience of white lies, because as this sutra teaches, truth moves situations and people around in relation to it, and sometimes that much power is scary. So why is practicing truth an important element to the cultivation of a happy and harmonious life?
Quite simply, if we are not living what is true for us deep in our heart of hearts, then we are not living OUR life. We are living someone else’s and we are living a lie. Our inner truth is our guide to right movement on life’s path, and it is found in deep stillness, where we meet our authentic self in clarity and conviction. Only when we live in full integrity are we able to express our unique, integrated, and joyful purpose.
Integrity with ourselves takes courage because we may not always like what we discover within. It may require us to make some difficult admissions and changes. Being honest with others requires courage because they may not like what they hear and they may reject or leave us. However, being honest with others and ourselves is worth all of the above. Anyone who has lived inauthenticly, suppressing or selling out who they are for the sake of relationship or perceived peace, knows that eventually this becomes so painful that resentment obscures any initial loving intention.
When we can stand courageously in our truth, we free ourselves and we free others to express theirs. And they will. We create safe space for each other’s truth by honoring and appreciating the conflicting feelings of the moment, even if they are sometimes hard to hear, not judging but listening with our hearts.
Yoga’s teachings on Satya or integrity often ask us to examine whether telling the truth is kind, necessary, and non-harming. Kindness and mercy are required partners to truth. We cannot spew out all of our truth in a hurtful, vindictive, see-what-you’ve-done-to-me way and expect healing to take place. The essential compass for whether our truth telling is necessary lies in our intention. We must share our truth with a loving intention to foster deeper understanding, and harmony. When shared in this way, truth, no matter how difficult, can be healing, balancing and opening, blessing all the lives it touches.
Truthfulness requires us to take responsibility. It requires us to forgive ourselves and others, to embrace learning through hurt and failure sometimes, and to act courageously even when we are fearful. It is essential to our inner well being, to our ability to cultivate authentic relationships, and to give direction to our path in life.
Accessing inner truth begins through body awareness, for without the wisdom of the body we become like machines and we lose our testing ground for truth. Our bodies are incredible communicators if we just take the time to listen. Truth can be felt in every cell of our being. Slow down and listen to what is happening in the body. By focusing on the quality and depth of the breath and sensations as they arise, our bodies are able to communicate truth in a way our minds cannot. When we listen closely to the body, we can identify emotional reactions in terms of body sensations. For example, anger might feel like a tight fist in the belly, sadness might feel like pressure on the chest, resentment might feel like heaviness on the shoulders. Once we have an understanding of how our body communicates feelings, needs, and directions, then we have a continual meter of truth.
In the same way that ‘knowledge is power’ in terms of understanding something cognitively, body knowledge is power in sensing what is the right and appropriate action or movement at any moment of our life. As we spend time listening to the body’s way of delivering messages, we will attune to a deeper wisdom, an intuitive wisdom that will be a powerful measure of how truthfully we are acting and reacting in our life choices.
Satya sets us free to live the life that is uniquely ours to live and that brings the greatest joy imaginable.
1. Devi, N. J. (2008).The Secret Power of Yoga. A Woman’s
Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras (p. 288).
New York: Three Rivers Press.
About Jennie Lee:
Jennie Lee is a Yoga Therapist and international retreat leader with over 6,000 teaching hours and 17 years of experience in Yoga philosophy, practice and meditation. An active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she loves sharing the Self-awareness and consciousness raising process through the ancient science of Yoga. She leads yearly Yoga Therapy and Meditation retreats with themes like Conscious Trust, Yoga of Love and Devotion. Her writing has been published in Yoga Therapy Today magazine, Common Ground Magazine, Conscious Moms.org and YogaFinder.com. Jennie Lee can be contacted at 808-927-8641 or www.jennieleeyogatherapy.com
Para-Ascending – A new Yoga Therapy perspective
Life is all about perspective – whether we feel up or down, fearful or exhilarated, blessed or needy. This became abundantly clear as I hurled myself off a cliff recently, trusting that I would be held by the air currents sweeping into the wing of the Paraglider strapped to the instructor behind me. No ordinary moment.
Earlier forms of this activity were referred to as “Paraascending” and this moment of flinging myself into space reminded me a lot of what we do in Yoga Meditation as we leave behind the limited perspective of the human experience and throw our whole attention toward the expansion of consciousness into the vast dimensions of Spirit.
But let me back up. When I was invited to try paragliding, my first reaction was fear and resistance. Practicing the self-reflection that Yoga teaches us (Swadhaya) I realized that it is common for humans to hold this limited perspective when we face the unknown. Usually more apt to choose the familiar, we ponder new possibilities for a while, weighing the pros and cons. Even if we decide to take a leap of faith, we inevitably second guess ourselves and get afraid. Hopefully though, we receive reassurance, pack up, hike up, get ready and GO! Fortunate for me, my pilot, Joey from Aloha Paragliding didn’t give me a lot of time to reconsider once we were at the top of the mountain. He set up, strapped on and said “When I say run – you RUN!”
I took a few deep yoga breaths, surrendered to powers far greater than myself, and RAN – right off the edge of a cliff! Suddenly suspended in mid-air 1,000 feet above the sea, I spent a few moments in futile fear (what could I have done at that point anyway?) and pointless panic. Then I relaxed and found my perspective. Floating in the exquisite atmosphere of the Great Light, I saw the choice – be afraid, tense and limit the experience – or relax, trust and fly!
In that moment the extraordinary became the ordinary. Every moment of every day is like this. The choice is always ours – in every encounter, decision, relationship, or direction in which we move in life. Expand or contract, appreciate or take for granted, fear or fly. Having ascended to the beautiful perspective from above, I say trust the currents. Take the leap. And when Life tells you to run…RUN!
Meditation and Parenting Have a Lot in Common
I have been parenting for 13 years and meditating intently for only two, but already the similarities are evident. Without a doubt, having a regular meditation practice has made me a calmer, more consistent parent. And the challenges of parenting make me aware of how much I need meditation! Whether you have a regular meditation practice or have just heard that it is beneficial, see if you can relate to these things they have in common.
# 1 Showing up daily and being fully present are required
No one gets anywhere by meditating ‘once in a while.’ And can you imagine if we only made our children’s lunches ‘when we felt like it?’ Both require a commitment to doing what we know we need to do – even when we don’t feel like it. No one likes learning that meditation depends on the discipline of daily sitting to reap any deep benefits. And no one enjoys getting up again and again and again when the baby cries. Yet tremendous amounts of patience are cultivated as we do these daily practices. Through consistent, persistent, and sincere showing up, we catch glimmers of growth occurring over time. Like the tender shoot of new life that grows from a seed planted, watered and protected, one day a bud of joy blooms as we bring our full presence to each moment of parenting or meditating.
# 2 The distractions are endless
Laundry piles, missing homework, undone chores – anyone with kids knows what manner of things distract when we try to get organized. Similarly, when we try to get still, the mental monkeys, roller coasters, and demons show up in full force. The challenge and the gist of the practice of course, is to stay centered amidst all inevitable distractions. If we fluctuate with every wave of chaos that races through our minds or our kitchens, we are done for. By remaining stable regardless of external circumstances, we become an anchor for our children, one that they can rely on when life’s challenges arise. By remaining focused on our breath or meditation technique amidst the swirling currents of the mind’s wandering, we diminish its ability to toss us around in reactivity. In both cases, over time, we find that there is a calm center within – one that is undistractable, peaceful and always joyous.
# 3 Love and devotion are essential ingredients for success
In Yoga meditation, the practice of focusing on one thought of the Divine is a beautiful way to still the ever restless mind. Using something as simple as Light we can perceive the beauty and ever changing magnificence of God’s light on this earth. But usually our focus can burn brightly for a few seconds like the last blaze of a sunset, and then it is gone, elusive as trying to capture a sun ray in our hands. But by infusing the technique of concentration (or whatever meditation technique you use) with love and devotion, we experience what the Yoga Sutras promise: “Boundless love and devotion unite us with the Divine Consciousness.” (translation by Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga) This distinction is much like attending to our children’s basic needs while thinking of what we would ‘rather’ be doing versus giving them our full loving, dedicated attention. We know the difference – and they do too.
# 4 To experience anything, we must trust the process and let go of the results
Paramahansa Yogananda, master of Yoga meditation, explains that the reason people do not perceive benefit from meditation is because they give up too soon. When we throw a rock into a placid lake, ripples radiate, and it takes time for the stillness of the water to return. The ripples of our restless, egoic minds take more than minutes, hours or days to still. So when we approach stillness, having a ‘goal’ is just a setup for frustration. And as parents, although we might hold ideals for our children’s future, we must trust their daily evolution into that which their Divine Creator has set them here to become. By releasing ourselves and our kids from the suffering born of attachment to specific outcomes, we create a life through which trust and enjoyment can flow.
# 5 Both parenting and mediation lead us to greater awareness
It is okay that the brilliant sunset doesn’t last. And it is okay that our child doesn’t make straight A’s or the Little League team. What matters is that we show up with our full presence, attention, love, devotion, trust and enthusiasm to tomorrow’s sunset, tomorrow’s game, and tomorrow’s meditation. We embrace each moment and see the blessing it holds. And day by day, year by year, we begin to remember ourselves as part of the universal oneness. When our awareness expands in this way, both meditation and parenting become pursuits of pure joy.
Jennie Lee is a Yoga Therapist and retreat leader with over 6,000 teaching hours and 20 years of experience in Yoga philosophy, practice and meditation. Through her teaching and writing she applies the ancient science of Yoga to facilitate self-awareness, higher consciousness and healing. She has been published in Yoga Therapy Today, Common Ground, My Yoga Online, Yoga Finder, and Living the Truth. Her next Yoga and meditation retreat will be held in Hawai’i in February 2012.
Every time I step onto my yoga mat, it is like climbing onto a life raft. I know that no matter what waters of emotional circumstance surround me, I am safe inside my practice. Some days I jump on with buoyancy and glee, other days it takes every last ounce of life force I can muster to barely crawl on. However, no matter how I get to my life raft, with laughter or tears, energy or exhaustion, once there I rest. I rest knowing that like a gently rocking boat, my yoga practice holds me as I flow through the river of life.
There on my life raft, some days I float, basking in the sunlight of joy, chanting with abandon and luxuriating in the sensations of my limbs expanding in downward dog. Other days, feeling no joy whatsoever, I stand in mountain pose before beginning to teach a class. I close my eyes, breathe a restorative Ujayii breath, and pray for Spirit to give me something, anything of value to say to my class…some wisdom to keep me afloat and to link a lifeline to those who have come to me for inspiration. I pray not to fall off my raft into the swirling currents of emotional reactivity. Other days still I am able to be pure witness to the ever changing vistas around me, unattachedly appreciating the beauty of life in its many forms. And sometimes I feel the wonder of a child creeping in as a posture I have done 10,000 times suddenly feels brand new. I discover that truly each moment, each breath, is an opportunity for new life.
People say their practice evolves over the years, but over the years it is my practice that has evolved me. It met me when I was 28, fiery and fast, driven and determined to master my body through this intricate physical discipline. In my 20’s, I explored the wonder of my physicality through yoga, learning viscerally for the first time since being an infant, the sensual nature of my body as a vehicle for pleasure and experience.
In my 30’s I learned how to understand and accept my emotional energies, gazing through the glass of Western psychology into the vastness of Eastern mysticism. I learned to truly feel, but also to let go of the feelings, knowing myself as more than the ebbing and flowing tides. I share this now with my students. More than once as a class has arrived I have found myself just completing my centering meditation, tears flowing down my face from feeling my life as it is unfolding in that moment. I do not choke the tears back and put on a smile, but rather I allow my students to share in my knowing that it is ALL okay, every tear, every peal of laughter. And we laugh….we laugh so much on our mats. In my classes, I challenge my students, as I challenge myself, to find humor in their human ways. And always I embrace them and myself in our silliness with deep compassion and reverence. In the duality of this exposure and acceptance, we know ourselves and we are known to each other.
My practice has evolved me now at age 43 into someone who can sit in stillness with the deepest levels of compassion for whatever is occurring for myself and another, without having to do anything other than love and be. In my 40’s, I am diving deeper into the river of consciousness with the safe support of my life raft. The ever expanding vistas of being that I have beheld along the river of consciousness are numerous, and my yoga practice, provides the structure and the support to keep exploring. As I prepare this year to lead a retreat centered on the theme of imagination, I seek to expand more than ever before. With my students I will explore how the Eight Limbs of Yoga anchor us as we plunge into the depths of imaginative travel through the waters of consciousness. And as I do so, my practice keeps me from getting lost or feeling afraid of the vastness.
The Yamas and Niyamas are our touch points of loving direction like a mother’s warm arms to a toddler who has ventured out to explore the bigness of his new world. The Asanas and Pranayama keep us connected to our particular, unique physical manifestation this lifetime. And Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana direct our vision toward the source of cosmic is-ness from which we all come.
Finally and most beautifully, I know that on my life raft, I am not alone. With me is my family. A family that is bigger, broader and older than one could ever know in just one lifetime. From the community of my little yoga studio, to the lineages of ancestors and teachers from thousands of years past, to all the practitioners worldwide, striving to learn and live the same principles I am…principles of peace, truth, generosity, simplicity, contentment and dedication to the Divine. This is my ideal family, the one I always dreamed of, understanding, like-minded, and compassionate. These are bonds of the heart, rather than bloodlines that bind us. And my practice is my essential home, a place I can return again and again, where I am always accepted.
Of course I carry this life raft wherever I go, but the days I can come to my mat in prayer and practice are the best. For an hour or a day, I leave what is “out there” until later and dive into the stream inside. My raft never fails me, any mood, any emotion, any challenge. I always complete my practice feeling better than when I began. Any tears of sorrow or pain are transmuted into tears of gratitude and joy, through an hour or more of breathing, chanting, meditating and moving. And I share this with my students so they will know that yoga is not about some destination or accomplishment, but rather the moment by moment unfolding of experience. My practice finds me wherever I am, asks more from me than I think I have to give, and then when I rise to the challenge, rewards me tenfold with strength, energy and renewed hope.
Over the past 15 years, I have survived some of life’s most tumultuous waters, by holding on to my life raft of yoga. Loss of a child, a marriage, a home, a career, severe depression, anxiety, stress and grief. The more turbulent the rapids trying to toss me off, the more I have clung to my practices of centering breath, mindfulness, pratipaksha bhavana, meditation and strong asanas to move the emotionally stuck energy through my body and mind.
On my knees in child’s pose, I have shed many tears on my life raft, praying to feel connection to my source. And I have stood tall in tree pose, spreading my branches to heights of joy I never could have imagined possible, as my practice has led me to the absolute knowing of my inseparable connection to that source. It is in this knowing that I find the essence of Yoga and I rest.
© 2008 Jennie Lee reprints by permission
“What is being taught (in America today) under the name of Yoga is a minute part of this great tradition, a microscopic focus on the physical. Yoga in its completeness is a way of life that allows for total transformation. But the physical postures, or asanas, can serve as an introduction to this distinguished wisdom tradition. Asanas reintroduce us to our bodies. Once we become friends with the physical, going inward to the spiritual becomes easier. Yoga in its completeness is a way of life that allows for total transformation.”
~ Nischala Joy Devi, author of The Secret Power of Yoga
The application of yogic wisdom is found in eight facets of practice, (also known as Asthaanga Yoga (astha meaning eight and anga meaning limbs). The one that most people today are familiar with, as stated above, is “asana” or postures. However it is the interconnection of all eight that leads us to a place of inner peace and joy. It is said that through these eight limbs, intuitive wisdom dawns and we may realize our inner radiance.
These practices are described in the Yoga Sutras, the sacred texts which describe the nature of consciousness and the path to liberation. It is assumed that these were compiled by the sage Patanjali over 2500 years ago in India. They offer us myriad possibilities for improving our state of being.
There are many translations of the Yoga Sutras. One that I find most beautiful is The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi, a venerated yogini that I had the blessing of sitting with in May, 2007. Her approach is full of joy, like her name, and compassion for the challenges we all face on the “path.” The reason I especially like this translation is it does not, as many do, lay out the first two limbs, (the Yamas and Niyamas) as commands, but rather as affirmations of our Divine beingness, and ways that we can honor our lives as such. What follows is a summary of Devi’s writings on the 8 limbs.
Coming from whatever religious background and experience you do, I hope that you can accept that when in Yoga, we speak of the “Divine” it means that which is greater than the small “self” – however you wish to name this – Source, Spirit, the Oneness, the Creative Force, Universal Consciousness, God. It doesn’t matter. The Yogic teachings offer us a non-sectarian path which we can travel to find freedom from suffering and reach a tangible realization of the Divine as Self.
The eight limbs of the Yogic path are…
Yama. - reflections of our true nature – qualities we must embrace to know Self Niyama - evolution toward harmony – practices that align us with our highest nature Asana - comfort and steadiness in our physical being Pranayama - control of life force energy (prana) Pratyahara - encouraging the senses to draw within Dharana – focusing of consciousness inward Dhyana - meditation – the continuous inward flow of consciousness Samadhi - bliss, the union with Divine consciousness
© 2008 Jennie Lee reprints by permission
Stop for a moment. Take a breath and imagine. What would a climate of mass love FEEL like?
In polar opposition to the routine greed and self centeredness that so much of our world runs on, a world running on the energy of love would feel relaxing, nurturing even, inspiring and incredibly exciting. Our challenge in embracing an entirely new paradigm of functioning together as a global community is to courageously face the restrictions in our own minds and step past the perceived differences, in order to see the similarities in what we all want and need…namely peace, freedom, harmony and love. The mind running on fear keeps us imprisoned in old ways of being: in conflict, in separateness, in smallness and in lack. Now is the time to invite great change into our hearts, our minds, our lives, and to step toward the next evolutionary cycle of humanity, a cycle that begins with a change in consciousness.
In order to do this we, like any people who have enacted great change, must employ vigilance, effort, courage and the willingness to withstand the chaos of moving from one operating system to another. We must overcome the habitual responses and fearful beliefs based in the survival programming of our collective subconscious and choose instead the power of self reflection that is ours through evolution. Moment by moment, thought by thought, choice by choice, day by day. We must stand strong during these tumultuous times, for if we succumb to the old ways of thinking and relating now, the quest for freedom will never be won.
What is this freedom? It is the freedom to know ourselves and our fellow humans as ONE. It is the freedom to know a collective, harmonious, peace filled world, based on the awareness that conflict serves nothing (except the preservation of the already unhappy ego that falsely believes self protection is the only way to survive.) It is the freedom of knowing our truest safety lies in cooperation and mutual trust. As people of this ONE Earth, we must work as compatriots to see through the illusion of our separateness into the understanding of our oneness.
Evolution occurs as each one of us chooses one step toward unity consciousness, moment by moment, day by day. With one step toward love instead of fear, we contribute to the harmonious healing of our planet and of humankind.
What belief of separateness or conflict are you willing to release today?
What could you do or say today to promote peace?
What small change in the way you interact with others can you shift today toward unity consciousness?
Maybe it is time to eliminate concepts like ‘survival of the fittest’ or ‘the one with the most toys wins’, by opening our hearts and calling in the survival of the most loving. As you go through your day, reflect as to whether your choices are based on fear or on love. Let love be your guide. What could be accomplished through the power of mass love? Maybe soon we will find out.
published in YogaFinder © 2009 reprints by permission