BOW TO YOU.
This is the theme this week of the beautiful festival that I will be heading off to teach at on New Moon (I will, of course, be in class on Tuesday night THIS WEEK!) and so I thought that i would share my thoughts on it in this weeks blog, as I plan some juicy teachings.
One aspect shines out for me and yet it is simple, in itself, it is simple. That is, all that you need is within you. What?! Yeh yeh. I hear you say. YES! is my response. I repeat, all that you want, you desire, you seek, you wish for... is right here - within you. You see. In yoga, we are practicing, learning each and everyday by embodying the teachings through our three bodies of physical, subtle and bliss and we do this as a pathway towards self realisation.
What you are looking for, is within, the Self. So why do we run around hoping, wishing, dreaming if it is within? Well the mind is the thing that gets in the way. The chitta, as it is described by Patanjali and we stop trusting that wisdom. When you connect with your wild side you allow yourself to trust your instincts and go more with what arises and the flow of it, but at times we create that conflict within the self of what is our true nature - is it the wild and free, the poised and calm, or is it the devoted, is it the passionate and giving or is it the striving and successful?! The truth is, it is all of those and none of them at all - it is the self. Just as it is.
Yoga is a way of life, slow down and experience the essence and simplicity of life, no matter what is happening.
It is importance to develop the faith and trust in the long-term approach to practice, union with what is. It is in fully inhabiting our bodies and cultivating our subtle feeling capacity that will enable us to address the ecological challenges we face as a global community. When we gain a level of self mastery are we able to make a positive impact on the world and create the change we desire.
A wonderful talk by Anand Mehrotra massively inspired me this week and highlights how a yogi is one that is living with unity. yoga is the spiritual heritage of humanity. The purpose of yoga is to bring us to self mastery, which is not the end, but is in fact the beginning of true living and success on all levels of life.
We are interested in living a free life and this unity of cosmic consciousness and free of the fluctuations of circumstantial values. We are less reactionary of what we and others do in the world. We can make a positive impact on the world with self mastery. He suggests,
The two big mistakes are 'not starting' and the other is 'not finishing'.
The biggest challenge is first to really start and realise what is the purpose of this life and then go all the way. Then there are no obstacles, as all the obstacles that arise are then just seen as part of the way. Even when life is tough, loneliness, emotions or loss creeps in... you see it all as part of the way. Be ready to forgive yourself if you make mistakes, as mistakes are an essential part of evolution. Any creative process needs a level of friction, the negative and positive charge. In self mastery this friction is the process. This is the commitment that we call sankalpa -- you are not giving up - it's your intention.
MAKE A COMMITMENT.
Have patience, sincerity and commitment. Do not get side-tracked. The way then rushes towards you with open arms. Keep expanding and do not become limited. It creates a greater level of love. It is the beginning, the way and the infinite never really arrives. You would never need or wish it to.
Enlightenment is not the end, its the beginning of life - remember.
The issues that we need to explore as yogis is the limitations that we create. Understand that there is no separation in anything. We live in a global world where we are all connected and you and I are no different. It is a global community!
Yoga is a teaching that is relevant for all beings and welcomes all, which is its beauty, as no forceful conversion is necessary as it is designed for everyone irrespective of anything. It welcomes all. A global sangha.
The invitation of Yoga is often limited to the level of the body or a yogic understanding on a conceptual level. But lets not forget that... yoga is not an exercise thing. The invitation of Yoga is to remember and connect back to the great meaning of life. To go to a deeper place and begin to revolutionise your whole world. It is available to you, one and all.
If you go deep in your aspects of yoga, the more simple it all becomes. You have access to this understanding if you remain open to it. Truth does not belong to anything in particular or anyone, it belongs to us all, all of humanity. We can also belong to truth. The full spectrum approach in your state of consciousness is this. There is nothing that is not Yoga if you think about it. Culture is a product of time. Yogis do not need to belong to any culture, you are rebels in a sense, revolutionaries that are willing to go deeper and challenge established notions. East or west, north or south. These do not exist in the mind, when you leave earth all there is, is space. No up or down.
Rest in to what you are. The industrialised ideology of pursuit and measurable result with everything becoming goal orientated, being and becoming is not the way.
Yoga is about un-becoming.
You are using the same mind muscle when you strive to be the best yogi even, it creates stress. When the illusion of separation ceases that is Yoga. When you rest in your essential nature - that is yoga. That is creative intelligence. You are running away from that intelligence when you strive and stress and accumulate success. The Yama Satyam (truthfulness) - is being honest and truthful with yourself. No need for business and competing with each other, so busy trying to become, disconnected from the field of love and intelligence.
The field of silence exists in a Yogi as a direct maturity as a Yogi. Go deeper in the ground of being, as you become more creative naturally. It is souls creating through you. It is not a concept, this is a direct understanding. Everything can then move through you, every moment becomes purposeful. You are experiencing grace and expressing grace. When will you master the final thing, this does not exist.
Chiita Vritti. Incoming - the nothingness lets you see who you truly are.
"Yogas chitta vritti nirodha" is a line from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. It refers to stilling the mind in order to experience Ultimate Reality.
We live in an abundant universe that there is no lacking. The becoming is self hatred and concepts without any depths.
Experience great levels of silence and meditation inside of you, detachment and non pursuit. You will be full of vitality, love joy and feel less 'stressed' as you are now creating from natural creative intelligence - the source of all creation.
The state of Yoga is who you are - Unity.
YOU PRACTICE YOGA FROM THAT STATE AND YOU EXPERIENCE YOGA FROM THAT STATE. You practice love, you experience love. The whole universe is designed on the love trinity.
The state, The practice and The experience.
The whole state of consciousness you have to observe. From where is this yoga practice arising - who are you?
This movement of consciousness is not happening in space, so it requires no time.
So slow down, simplify. Just be.
Practice arises from the state. The experience evolves and ultimately is never-ending.
Create a root in you that is strong. The Bhagavad Gita is a demonstration teaching of becoming prepared, ready and willing to take responsibility. Watch a very accessible childrens animation of this story here...
So with all this in mind...
NEW MOON IS COMING!
Wednesday 20th September is the New moon. A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle.
Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative. This is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf or starting any new project.
All possibilities are on the table as you put yourself at the center of plans for your future. Old habits, behaviors and beliefs are questioned as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.
Following that is the Autumn Equinox.
it is wide eye opening newness, transformative, here we go, nature at its best, connectivity on all levels - so be prepared. Eclipses mark the beginning of a six-month phase with certain goals or aims. It is said in astrological terms that the new moon is about subtle minor adjustments in terms of long term change that you may have on the horizon.
When night and day are roughly equal length. In 2017 this will take place on September 22. The equinox happens when the equator passes the centre of the sun. This is when the north and south poles of the Earth are not tilted towards or away from the sun, as at other times, but are aligned so as to give, theoretically, the same amount of daylight in both of the Earth's hemispheres.
I'll be in a field, on the earth when all this is happening. Where will you be?
"Let us meditate on the supreme effulgence of Brahman, from whom these three worlds Bhuh(earth), Bhuvah(atmosphere), Suvah (shining heavens) originated and who manifests to our eyes as the shining Sun. May those purifying divine rays enlighten our minds." What is the meaning of gayatri ? The word gayatri is a combination of two Sanskrit words: ganat (what is sung) and trayate (gives deliverance and protection).
"You can put yourself first as the more light you have, the more light you can shine out to others." Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
See you in class this week, as we breathe, meditate and move through a practice that exposes your truth, simplicity and grace.
TUESDAY PM Yoga i-D - 19:30-21:00 - Matter Wholefoods, BS5.
I will also be teaching early morning Yoga from Thursday - Sunday at Green Earth Awakening