Meditation for me, as it is for most people, is tricky.
My meditations, for years, yielded nothing but intense frustration.
To even be able to sit, I would first have to make sure my house was clean, dishes were done, dogs fed and watered, to prevent my mind from stressing about what it "should be doing" instead of just sitting.
Then, the moment I would sit, some ache I wasn't experiencing before would creep in.
Some phone call would suddenly HAVE to be made.
My scalp would itch.
Not that long ago, I took a Quantum Touch workshop with a terrific lady named Leanne. Leanne meditates, does colour readings, can see Auras and has seen miracles happen because of her work as a "Spiritual Healer". I learned a lot over the course of the weekend, but the thing that has stuck with me the most is an awareness of what she calls "Spiritual Bullshit".
As yoga morphs from something a few, spiritually minded individuals dedicate their lives to, into a trendy fad that finds many white, middle class women looking to get into shape, spirituality by association, has become an 'on trend' fad.
Well, as I've been too busy with all my homework and assignments to pay much attention to my blog... I decided to nail two birds with one stone and share some of my Yoga Teacher Training homework.
Here's a study of a few verses of the Yoga Sutra's. Enjoy!
1.31 Sorrow, dejection, restlessness of body, inhalation, exhalation arise from previous distractions.
1.32 They can be removed by the concentration on a single truth.
1.33 Undisturbed calmness of the mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard for the wicked.
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom," - Thomas Jefferson
And, coincidentally enough, it's the first chapter in "The Four Agreements". I recently dug out my copy of this favourite by Don Miguel Ruiz, and the first agreement to "be impeccable with your word" really spoke to me.
Toltec wisdom teaches that without honesty and integrity in everything you do and say, it is impossible to overcome yourself, your ego, to find "heaven on earth" or enlightenment.
"A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles." -William Hazlitt
The physical and emotional benefits of smiling have been widely documented - it relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and releases feel good endorphins and seratonin. As an added bonus, it also makes you looks younger, more attractive and successful.
Smile, right now as you're reading this. Regardless of your emotional state, whether you're happy or not, play around with a BIG smile or a little grin, and see how it makes you feel.
"Create: To Cause something to come into being"
Last week my neighbor stopped by for a visit on her way home from yoga. In the middle of our chit chat, she asked me something that totally caught me off gaurd.
"What have you been creating lately?"
What an unusual question to be asked! I didn't even know what to say! It wasn't even a yes or no question, she assumed that YES, I was creating, and wanted to know WHAT it was.
Despite the fact that I have always been a "creator" this was not something I'd never been asked before.
Ghandi is famously quoted as saying“Be the Change you want
to see in the world”. While many of us strive to embody the goodness we’d like
to see in others and the world around us, it is easy to think that no one is
affected by our efforts except those we come into contact with in our home and
work place, and maybe the checkout girl at the grocery store.
This thinking has undoubtedly proven to be FALSE.
In 1972, 24 American cities with a population of over 10 000
people experienced an increase in order and harmony when as little as one per
cent of the population participated in transcendal meditation focusing on
gratitude for peace.
Well, although this post is a little late, `tis ALWAYS the season for
LOVE ~ JOY~ PEACE
While usually, these words are the de facto tinsel of well wishers and marketing campaigns, this year, I've given PEACE in particular a lot of thought. What do wishes for Peace REALLY mean? For years, I have always taken PEACE to simply mean "Peace on Earth". No more wars! I've always written PEACE off as someone else's problem, assuming there's nothing I can do to bring change to the middle east, Syria or the South Sudan.
Yesterday was one of those days. I had
a million things on the go, and not one of them was going right. I had a
yummy pot of split pea soup simmering all day for supper, got distracted, and
burned it. When I went to see if the whole pot tasted scorched the soup I burned,
in turn, burned me back.
In times like this, I get agitated and
overwhelmed; I feel it physically in my chest. As a Pitta Dosha, I tend towards
anger. My heart rate increases, my face becomes flush, and I can become
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is quoted as once saying
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become."
It's interesting to think of this in terms of illnesses or sicknesses you may struggle with on a day to day basis. Although you may be battling your ailment every second of every day, it is important to remember always thatyou are not your sickness, and your sickness is not who you are.
Small steps can be taken to separate yourself from your condition.