Posts Tagged "peace"

The Jewel Within

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Journal | 1 comment

The Jewel Within

A master thief waited his whole life to acquire the most beautiful diamond in the world. When he heard it had been purchased, he spent three days trying to steal the rare jewel. He failed.   Finally, the thief walked right up to the owner and asked, “How did you hide this precious jewel from me?”   To which the owner replied, “I placed it where I knew you would never look- in  your own pocket!” -Gangaji This is a story about the never-ending search outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We believe that the perfect career will bring us purpose or the right relationship will bring us the love we so desperately desire. I explained to my yoga classes this week that you don’t walk into a yoga studio and get served peace on a silver platter. The studio and the practice are not actually giving you anything at all. What I mean by this is that they are not handing something over to you that you didn’t have access to before. The practice holds space for you to connect to the peace that is already within you. At the heart of this story is the truth that when we pause and explore within we realize that what we’ve been searching for has been inside of us the whole time. You are already that which you are searching for. One of the reasons why I love the yoga practice so much is because it is a reminder to return my attention within and unhook from external distractions. The practice is a space for me to connect to myself and connection to self is connection to Divine/God/Source/Creator. Use whatever language you feel comfortable using to name the energy, or perhaps there are no words and it is a felt presence that you connect to. This presence is the source of your fulfillment. This does not mean that your relationships, career, and other aspects of your life are not important. It does mean that when you feel the energy of love, or joy, or purpose well up inside of you, it is because the jewels within are being activated by another person or the experience you are having. The external is not the cause of the internal. Rather, the external is the trigger for what you already have within. As long as you are searching for the jewel outside of yourself it cannot be found. It is through connection to Divine, which you access through yourself, that you begin to experience the truth that you have everything you need within. This is why the diamond was, is, and will always be in your own pocket! The wisdom, the grace, the trust, the purpose, the love, and the happiness is already within you. Nothing more is needed to receive these precious jewels except your willingness to deepen your connection to self. Knowledge of self is knowledge of God. Mindful exploration: The next time you find yourself searching for peace in a yoga studio (or any other jewel outside of yourself), pause, and direct your attention inward. Ask your body to show you where peace lives. Breathe into that space, value that space above anything else, cultivate a relationship with the peace within. Know that you are that which you are searching for…I AM Peace, I AM Love, I AM The Light....

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Surfing the Wave of Life

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Surfing the Wave of Life

Begin to visualize you inner body as a wave. The energy of the emotions, the sensations, and your reactions create the wave inside of you. This wave changes from day to day. Sometimes it feels like a gentle, rolling wave washing up on the shore. Other days it feels like a tidal wave shaking you and uprooting you from your center. What are the qualities of the wave within you today?   In my experience, yoga is like a life raft that keeps me afloat on top of the wave. My dedicated practice has taught me to surf the wave, rather than allow it to crush me. Every yoga pose is like a mini wave that we have the opportunity to practice surfing. The life raft is made from the tools that yoga offers- breath, mindfulness, awareness, patience, trust, balance, compassion, self-love and care, and beyond. When we are in our life raft, we become the observer of the wave. We are connected to it, yet we are not the wave. We move with it on the surface without trying to change it or make it go away. When we’re reacting to and judging the wave, we are getting tossed in the wave and most likely feeling ungrounded. Yoga’s gift is to give us an opportunity to practice the art of surfing the wave in peace and ease.   Through visualizing your energy as a wave and building your life raft, you are connecting to the energies already within you that will bring a sense of ease as you ride the wave of life. Each time you ride out a big wave, you hone your skills and you tackle the next wave with less struggle. Check in with yourself and ask, what supportive energies will help me ride this wave today? Listen to you body and find out what it has to say. We are likely to fall out of our life rafts many times each day. It’s important to climb back into your raft without judgment or criticism for the fact that you fell out! As long as you keep climbing back into the raft, you will eventually spend more time in the raft than out of the raft. Like everything, it takes practice.   When we’re really working through something and the wave starts to get really intense, remember that we’re all made of the same stuff. We’re all riding a wave that when added all together make up a vast ocean. In this way we are never alone. One of my favorite affirmations that supports me in surfing the wave is, “this too shall pass.” Nothing is permanent and if you stay in the life raft, the waters will eventually...

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