Saturday, July 30, 2016
The first thing in finding your center is to accept yourself. Don’t draw comparisons between yourself and others. Instead try to focus on living up to your highest potential. The second attitude necessary for centering yourself is kindness. But to achieve kindness you must first be kind to yourself. You will never overcome your failings by focusing on your short coming and allowing yourself to indulge in unkindness and non-acceptance towards yourself. Don’t get confused and allow kindness to excuse your need to work on achieving your highest potential. Just use self-acceptance and kindness to help you find your center. You’ll know it when you find it. It is balanced, flexible, strong and peaceful. Let’s see if we can find it today.
Kindness is necessary for understanding yourself and others. Without kindness there can never be acceptance of anyone or anything. Accept yourself and your shortcoming with kindness. Accept the shortcomings in others with kindness because kindness always leads us towards our highest potential.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
We all have the habit of living life from the periphery rather than our center. To find our center the first thing we must do is self-acceptance. You are who you are so you must first learn to accept yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Envy no one. Instead encourage yourself to attain your highest potential. As you try to live up to the highest that is you, you will find yourself progressing towards soul consciousness. But this will be difficult as the ego will constantly be tempting you to compare and envy.
Self-acceptance is not something that comes from the outside inward. It comes from the center and projects outward. This journey requires that you resist the lower tendencies to judge, hate and attempt to control. It’s about acceptance. You must find it within your conscience. With a clear conscience you can strive for your highest self. With a clear conscience you will be able to quiet your mind. Without a quiet mind you will not be able to find your center. Let’s practice quieting the mind and locating our center.
Self-acceptant makes it possible for us to view others from their highest potential. Only from within will it be possible for you to truly know others. When you relate to others from your center they may or may not relate to you from their center. We cannot control another person’s level of self-acceptance. But at least you will be able to see the potential in all of life. Souls always speak to other souls. They listen too. So be centered, accept yourself for who you are and relate to the world from your center. Remember center everywhere circumference nowhere.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Some people feel that if their life is not full of drama and stress they are not living a full life. They seem to thrive off the energy until one day they collapse. With drama and stress we fall victim to negative attitudes. The world becomes dark and full of fear.
Balance on the other hands is a place of stillness, quietude and harmony. This is the place where we support our health body, mind and soul. The natural tendency of the body is to seek homeostasis or balance. The natural tendency of the mind is to run wild with emotions. When the mind is running wild the body reacts and we experience the negative effects of stress.
So we need to learn to control the mind if we want to maintain our health. We begin with our attitudes which should be focused on our higher power and not the ego. And this all begins with learning to love and accept ourselves and others for the uniqueness and beauty we all are as individual human beings while understanding that we are all also connected as one great web of energy. Without you I could not teach this class and without me you would not have this class to attend. Together we all create the energy of cohesiveness. This is our higher power.
So lets’ stretch, move, breath and dance together and support the most important thing in our lives – our good health; body, mind and soul.
We can practice being quiet and still, but it only serve us when we use this practice to find the divine energy within. Each of us is a unique person with a connection or bond to the whole of life. We need each other to support life. So be your unique beautiful self while appreciating the beauty in all of life and you will rise above the drama and stress and find balance. Seek balance in all things and in all things find balance.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Relate to your life as the person you are and not as you think you should be. To do this we must learn to live from our center. Most of us live on the periphery of life, sometimes spinning violently through life without an anchor. Some people don’t even know they have a center. That is why we often refer to someone as being “on edge”.
One of the problems with living on the edge is that is causes you to relate to others on their edge. They will in turn be “on edge” with you. Our understanding of each other is oftentimes on the periphery and this is what keeps us locked into an ego mentality. It is the ego that keeps us separated and this is what causes violence and hatred.
On the edge all of life becomes superficial. To really understand anything we need to get inside of it. If we learn to live from our center we begin to relate to others from their center and even if they are still on the periphery of life we are never on edge with ourselves, with others and with the world.
The secret is to get mentally inside whatever you are trying to understand; to gaze outward from your center rather that inward from the edge of life. The first thing to do is to go inward to your center where you will find that place where all humans are connected. We all feel. We all cry and we all laugh. So go to your center and find the center of humanity and then from your center reach out into the world. In this we can overcome violence because violence is spinning out of control without connection to our center. Your center is strong, balanced and yet flexible enough to find compassion and understanding for all of life. Let’s begin our practice.
To keep you centered remember this. Most people perceive life as “circumference everywhere, center nowhere. Instead perceive your life as “center everywhere, circumference nowhere.” In the great web of life we are all connected at the center.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
No matter what anyone tells you there are only three things you need to bring about a life of health and balance. This is no great revelation. They are:
1. Eat healthy in proportion - this requires choice
2. Exercise every day – even if it is a short walk - this requires discipline
3. A positive mental attitude – this requires faith or trust and confidence
Choice, discipline and faith are all you need to navigate life. Choice means making the best decisions to support your health. Proportion means taking only enough to satisfy a need. Attitudes are a bit more difficult to change. Your attitude is grounded in your sense of trust and confidence. It gets attached to the ego and then begins to battle with itself. The only way to change an attitude is to be open to changing your point of view. You make the choice, employ the discipline and then trust yourself with complete confidence that you can develop a posture of self-love instead of self-hatred because when you have trust in yourself to implement the discipline necessary to make good choices you empower yourself and this is all you need to live a healthy and balanced life. Let’s get started!
What choices do you need to make today to bring positive energy to your life? Don’t let the outside substances of life (food, cigarettes, alcohol, excess spending, gambling and negative people) have more power over your life than you have. Discipline yourself to choose trust and confidence and you will bring to your life balance and health. Have a healthy day!
Saturday, July 09, 2016
In yoga there are things we should abstain from. We call these the Yamas. They are not so much rules for living life as suggestion on how to live a more peaceful existence. The first Yama is to abstain from violence. It has been suggested that if we practiced just this one Yama we probably would not need to focus on the other four Yamas.
If we could remove violent thoughts, abusive words, insulting statements, angry speech, bad advice and any kind of physical abuse to either ourselves or someone or something else, we probably would not need to focus too heavily on abstaining from untruthfulness, stealing, lack of self-control and greed; the other four yamas
Without violence truth would prevail. Stealing would disappear as stealing is always a violation. Celibacy which actually means to have control over your emotions and actions would be easy to achieve, and there would be no place for greed. Greed, lack of self-control, coveting and lying all result from some level of violence.
If violence were to disappear from the human equation there would be no need for war. We would preserve the environment and all humans would live together without a thought, word, or action that would create harm. Non harm is the fundamental underlying principle of yoga. It is also the underlying principle of respect, kindness and decency.
If there is one thing we should all focus on when it comes to healing the world it is removing violence. Watch and choose your thoughts, words and actions carefully. In this you will begin to remove violence at its core. Because the potential to be violent exit within each and every one of us. The only way to remove it is to become aware and then actively seek to do no harm.
Remove violence and the rest of the Yamas, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy and non-greed will be easy to achieve. I think this is a good argument for practicing non-violence.
Saturday, July 02, 2016
An important rule in life is; don’t be impatient. This is much easier said than done. The definition of patience is: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
We live in such an achievement oriented society that we are all constantly pushing to arrive somewhere. Often times when we arrive we find ourselves exhausted and frustrated because we have been in such a hurry to get somewhere and that somewhere often times doesn’t arrive. We are especially impatient in this time of life. The internet gives us instantaneous information. We jump from one thing to the next. We have forgotten how to focus. It is a dying art. We have lost the ability to wait and to relax.
To find inner peace, which is one of the aims of yoga, you must learn to be quiet and still and that takes patience. It takes effort and time to master anything. Don’t let your approach to finding peace be achievement oriented. That is the work of the ego; always needing to be successful. Patience is the fastest way to soul consciousness and soul consciousness is the path way to finding peace.
So when practicing yoga don’t try to do the poses, try to be the poses and you will discover patience. Let’s practice.
Peace is not something waiting for you over the next hill. It is not something you can construct. It is a part of your soul. It just takes patient to discover it.