Tension arises every day – in my yoga asana practice, in my meditation and in my daily life. There are times in yoga that I feel as if I don’t exit this pose right now, my muscles are going to rip apart. Or in meditation, my mind can take the thread of a thought and in a minute it’s a tangled mess. In daily life, I can have an unpleasant encounter that causes my stomach to knot and my pulse to race. But in each of these different areas – physical, mental, emotional – the means to relieve the tension is the same, my breath. No matter where I am – on my mat, in my car, at my desk – I bring my attention to my breath. If I really, really focus on my breath, feeling – even seeing – the flow, in and out of my whole body, the relief is immediate. By focusing on my breath, rather than on the point of tension, the muscles soften, the mind disentangles, the pulse slows. Then once again I remember that I do not have to be governed by my body, my mind or my emotions, but rather than I can be in control through the simple focus on my breath.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi
Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. – Bernard Meltzer
“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” – Rumi
Dear, verdant island, set
In blue Caribbean sea,
I’m coming, coming very soon
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow, and loses today. – Seneca
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. e. e. cummings
“One of the first things that Munindra said to me when we met [in Bodh Gaya, 1967] was that if I wanted to understand the mind, I should sit down and observe it. The great simplicity and pragmatism of this advice struck a very resonant chord within me. There was no dogma to believe, no rituals to observe; rather, there was the understanding that liberating wisdom can grow from one’s own systematic and sustained investigation.”
– Joseph Goldstein (via the-starpilot-has-landed)
Do we really have the right to abuse and kill animals?
“Once you learn to live as your true self, you can never be satisfied with this charade again: it thens feels so silly and superficial.” – Richard Rohr