My Meditation Coach just wrote this piece about Control vs Happiness. Check out his entire message. (http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=068ab9deca9cf2a7b848778c9&id=a917a7c3a9&e=3dc95b5f42) He reminds us that "we don't always have to be in control. Which is good because the best life has to offer does not come as a result of our attempts to control it." Next time you are in a yoga class, just relax into the moment and try to absorb what you can at that time. Throughout your day try to let things go and release attempts to control a situation. You might just find that life becomes a little happier.
"When the mind is full of memories and preoccupied by the future, it misses the freshness of the present moment. In this way, we fail to recognize the luminous simplicity of mind that is always present behind the veils of thought." -- Matthieu Ricard
"If we knew that tonight we were going to go blind, we would take a
longing, last real look at every blade of grass, every cloud formation,
every speck of dust, every rainbow, raindrop -- everything."
-- Pema Chodron
The celebration of the birth of Ganesh started on Sept 19, 2012 this year and I was thrilled when i figured out it was the same day as my good friend's birthday and a day I was teaching yoga. Lord Ganesha is revered as the Lord of success and remover of obstacles in the Hindu religion. Genesh is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and is often invoked at the beginning of any new venture. The son of Shiva nd Parvati, Ganesh protects us and opens doors in our lives so that we can proceed with confidence. He unlocks the door and guards the gate. After dedicating my practice to Lord Ganesha, I read this quote at the end of class. "Imagine a dense forest full of tigers and you in a strong steel cage. Knowing that you are well protected by the cage, you watch the tigers fearlessly. Next, you find the tigers in the cage and yourself roaming about in the jungle. Last, the cage dissappears and you ride the tigers!" Sri Nisargaddatta Maharaj 1897-1981 Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher
It's not how far you go, but how you go far! Yoga is not about obtaining a certain pose like one crossing a finish line in some race. It's about feeling the intensity of wherever you are in the pose. The feeling at the edge is the same for everyone no matter where you are. This is it -- mindful attention to where your edge is and how your mind speaks of this intensity. Cultivate breath, relax, strive for grace under fire. The goal is a life long practice of yoga.