A closing intention from Sharon Salzberg
"May the actions that we take toward the good, toward understanding ourselves, toward being more peaceful, Be of benefit to all beings everywhere."
Listening to your heart, finding out who you are, is not simple. It takes time for the chatter to quiet down, In the silence of "not doing" we begin to know what we feel. If we listen and hear what is being offered, then anything in life can be our guide.
I sit until my mind slips into silence, and in that eclipse of thought, a drop of nectar forms. I pierce the perfect surface of this drop and travel inward an immeasurable distance--it could be light years or the smallest fraction of an inch. I'm filled with everything and nothing, as I rest in the center of this mystery, utterly content. My striving mind is spent, and in the quiet I realize how simple it is to arrive and taste the sweetness, and how easy to forget.
--------------Danna Faulds,--- Prayers to the Infinite
May the sun bring you new energy by day
May the moon softly restore you by night
May the rain wash away your worries
May the breeze blow new strength into your being
May you walk gently through the world, and know
its beauty all the days of your life
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"
----Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
"An aging master grew tired of his apprentice's complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it. "How does it taste?" the master asked. "Bitter," said the apprentice. The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake." As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the master asked, "How does it taste?" "Fresh," remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the master. "No," said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly. "The pain of life is pure; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake."------author unknown
If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When it's in your best interest, practice obedience. Let others know when they've invaded your territory. Take Naps! Eat with gusto and enthusiasm, stop when you have had enough. Be loyal, never pretend to be something you're not. If what you want lies buried, did until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently!
"The Goal of Yoga"
NO, it's not the Handstand.
The Yoga pose is not the goal.
Becoming flexible is not the goal.
Standing on your hands is not the goal.
The goal is to create space where you were once stuck
To unveil the layers of protection you've built around your heart.
To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates
To make peace with who you are
The goal is to love well
You come to your yoga mat to feel, not to accomplish.
Shift your focus and your heart will grow. ---Rachel Brathen