Yoga teaches us that the present moment contains the seeds of all things, including liberation from samsara (the world of suffering), and yet we spend most of our lives anywhere but here – anywhere but the present moment.
Once we have entered the yoga room, found our place and begun to create some quiet, there is a moment before practice begins when we stand on our mats, feet planted, arms by our sides, breathing – fully present to the moment before we embark. We call this pose tadasana – standing mountain pose.
This simple posture – a gesture of openness and readiness, a willingness to face what is ahead – can help us bring a deeper awareness to our practice and help us come to the present moment. Continue reading
When you’re faced with a challenging situation, instead of getting tense and tied up in knots, try to step back from the problem. Allow your energy to flow calmly upward to the third eye. Let your awareness rest there, and trust that you are surrounded and protected by the Divine’s light. In Autobiography of a Yogi, Lahiri Mahasaya says, “Attune yourself to the active inner Guidance; the Divine Voice has the answer to every dilemma of life.”
Perhaps you’ve had a difficult encounter with another person. Instead of reacting emotionally and exchanging angry words, inwardly withdraw for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Become aware of the energy in your heart centre, and let it flow upward toward the third eye. Feel that you are relating from that point in you to that point in the other person. Once this process begins, you’ll discover the way to restore harmony.