Treat everyone and everything with loving compassion.

When you see no difference between the sacred and the profane, the saint or the sinner, That is the ultimate wisdom.

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The Ultimate Wisdom….

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Yoga, to do or not to do?


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Yoga in western society has become many things to many people and this has caused concern for skeptics that believe it to be elusive, religious in nature, or simply too difficult to perform. But Yoga simply is just the joining together of the body and mind and can be done in its most simplistic manner by laying down, standing, walking or sitting.

By using your body as a tool through postures (asanas), exercises of breathing (pranayama), meditation or prostrations and prayer (devotional practice) you offer your mind an opportunity to observe and explore the many characteristics within yourself.

When you enter a yoga class do not enter with expectations! And if you do enter with resolutions and expectations embrace and explore the feelings that arise while there. No matter the movements, exercise and challenges that are asked of you try to remind yourself to observe your reactions with a mindful eye. Allow yourself to become immersed in the process of pain, limit, judgement, disappointments, joy, peace, tears, weakness or strength and embrace these feelings with acceptance and understanding.

This exploration, for some, is actually the difficult part of the journey! Not the pose or practice of the exercises (asanas, pranayamas, meditation…etc) but the mindful observation of our character. The awareness and insight we are offered into our true selves. To witness and observe our weakness, critical judgements, limits and to feel deeply the pain maybe farther than some people are willing to go. It is within this space of time that we are introduced to our true limits, our true feelings and what we may find there to be less than impressive and peaceful.

But when you are ready to awaken and know truth, you can be sure that the flowing path of the inhalations and exhalations of your breath will allow you to see the good, bad and the ugly that balance the body and mind. You will experience compassion  that opens your heart, allowing you to feel contentment in both suffering as well as happiness.

When you grasp at life with the expectations of perfection and constant well-being you are setting yourself up for even more suffering and resistance. Life seeks balance, yin and yang, ebb and flow, black and white, darkness and light. It is the space in between these two opposites that support and equalize.

Yoga joins the small self (ego, physical, human doing) to the Universal self (spirit, soul, being). And in the process of this ever-changing  fluctuation that we call life, we can breath softly  and  become cradled with contentment between these two experiences, balancing and harmonizing and all the while connecting the total sum of the organism that is the infinite.

Namaste

The Great suffering of the lone “I”

Breath and be still

Sit silent in observation

We are not seperate from the process we call life, but are the process

As each drop of water becomes the “ocean” there is no seperation but a whole

It is each drop that creates the movement, life and ebb and flow which we label “Ocean”

All one unto, into and through and through.

Allness, Universe, Oneness, Nothingness, Allah, God, It

It matters not what your mind tries to name it ~ you will never truly separate “IT”

but only seperate yourself into suffering thus becoming the lone “I”

The “I” which you believe yourself to be can profess to the Universe you are different

And try to convince others who suffer from this same affliction to follow

But you will never truly be that separation which your mind suffers deeply and desires

It is when the observer within you is able to see this truth you will feel contentment

And although the process of life will still seek balance through yin and yang, war and peace you will observe the truth

knowing that you as the lone “I”  will never intimately know the great body of the vast eternity but only as IT!

 

11. Those who mistake the unessential to be essential
and the essential to be unessential,
dwelling in wrong thoughts,
never arrive at the essential.

~Dhammapada (1. Pairs)

http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/dhammapada-01.html

Manna for the Mind

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“And in the end our souls shall know no limits and we shall want no more” 

~Pasquale Varone

        Enjoy and  Namaste’