YAMAS AND NIYAMAS – 01.27.15 (SANTOSHA – The Paradox of Not Seeking)

I am guilty of trying to fit a ridiculous amount of challenges, successes, failures and opportunities into my moments.  I love to experience as much as possible, but at the expense of being content.  For a number of years, I would revisit the past and argue with myself over time lost here and time lost there.  However, my thinking has changed.  Each and every one of those moments is framed in ice.  They sit there for me to see as they are.  They cannot be thawed out and manipulated into what I may think is more beneficial or pleasing.  They are there…forever.

Where I can find joy is in the moment that lies presently.  I use this blog to send out my thoughts to those I meet physically and digitally in hopes that my research and struggles may help in some way.  Writing on here takes time.  I’m not a fabulous writer, but I rest in the fact that my writing is honest and sincere.  This moment that I type right now I could be on my bike trainer, I could be doing some dirty dishes, or I could still be asleep.  I chose this moment for myself and for you.  Be content with each moment and fall in love with you.

SANTOSHA – The Paradox of Not Seeking

Discontentment is the illusion that there can be something else in the moment.  There isn’t and there can’t be.  The moment is complete.  That means if I am bored or sad, I will only be discontented if I am not content to be bored and sad.  Building contentment with boredom, sadness, impatience, depression, disappointment, and loss, builds our ability to be that tall tree so rooted in the earth that great winds cannot topple it.  Being content with our discontentment is itself a gateway to the calm depths within.

Santosha, or contentment, is performing duty and right action with pure joy.  It is the true understanding that there is nothing more that can or does exist that this very moment.  When we are purely in the moment, the moment is complete.

Scholars have learned that there is nothing missing; life is complete the way it comes to us in each moment.  When we understand this, we sink into contentment.

Book – “The Yamas and Niyamas” by Deborah Adele

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PRACTICING THE POWER OF NOW – 1.22.15 (Finding the Life Underneath the Life)

Physical and psychological problems of the body require space to heal.  The space is necessary for something new.  The new occupies the space and provides what is needed to regain homeostasis.  Sounds simple, right?  Ha!

There is truth to the idea of creating space in the Now.  When we release past thoughts from the psyche and allow them to not hold power over our life story, we have space.  When we release future thoughts from the psyche and allow them to not hold power over our life story, we have space.  When we take deep breathes in an asana like Warrior 1, we elongate muscle tissue and have space.  The space created offers us the necessary room to grow.  

Throughout the day today, let’s find space.  

Practicing the Power of Now – Find the Life Underneath the Life

“When you are full of problems, there is no room for anything new to enter, no room for a solution.  So whenever you can, make some room, create some space, so that you find the life underneath your life situation.

Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them.  Listen to the silence underneath the sounds.
Touch something – anything – and feel and acknowledge it without judgment.

You are leaving behind the deadening world of mental abstractions, of time.  You are getting out of the insane mind that is draining you of life energy, just as it is slowly poisoning and destroying the Earth.  You are awakening out of the dream of time into the present.”

BOOK – “Practicing the Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle (BUY ME!!!)