Tonight I attempt to get back into the blogging groove with a short, simple post. Thanks for coming back.
I’m immersed again in my yoga book: The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, by T.K.V. Desikachar, and wanted to share. Here’s a verse I found in the “Yoganjalisaram” section:
Respect parents, avoid evil,
seek always the company of good,
and worship the Lord with faith.
In other words, hang with good people, respect your elders, don’t get sucked into evil, and believe in something bigger than this world.
How about this verse:
Rid your body of impurities,
let your speech be true and sweet,
feel friendship for the world, and
with humility seek wealth and knowledge.
Be healthy, honest, caring, and attempt to be smart and successful but don’t be a jerk while you’re doing it.
These verses come from a manuscript written by T. Krishnamacharya, who lived to be one-hundred years old, and believed that yoga covered every aspect of human life– that it could resolve physical, mental and spiritual problems.
Life can be difficult and challenging. We get caught up in craziness and we struggle– with people, with ourselves. Why is it so hard to live a simple life– a life that is as simple as these verses? Why are we often stressed out and nervous and anxious? Can peace be attained only by disposing of our possessions, moving to India, and spending our days meditating on a mountain? I don’t think so. I hope not.
I trust that people can lead a fulfilling life wherever they live and whatever they do. Where we are, what we own, whether or not we work, or have kids, or have money, doesn’t really matter. Happiness is internal. We aren’t going to achieve true happiness and peacefulness from anything we can buy, or from anyone else in our lives. There’s no magic pill, no prince or princess who can make it happen. It’s on each of us to find within ourselves.
Trying our best to live the verses cited above, to me, seems a perfect place to start in finding peace, no matter what our external situations may be. Again, yoga stuff blows my mind!
Have a great weekend. Namaste 🙂