Friday, September 28, 2012
A few months ago when I was gathering information about the human eye for the Visual Yoga Certification Course, I came across an interesting fact that has become one of the most influential teachings in my life.
Did you know the human eye can see over 500 shades of gray? Isn't that something!
From that fun fact, an inquiry was born...
If the human eye can see 500 shades of gray, why does it seem like the human mind can only see black and white? Why is it so difficult to accept the diversity, the "gray" in life? Why is it that my perspective is right (white) and yours is wrong (black)? Why do I defend my worldly understanding and give it more merit than yours?
These questions initiated further investigation... "Do I see 500 shades of gray in my own life? Do I offer others' beliefs, perspectives and opinions the same merit as my own, honoring all shades of gray?"
The universe is filled with diversity. Our eyes can see a multitude of shapes and colors. Each mind, each understanding, is unique. This we all know. So if this is the case, why can't we acknowledge the "gray" in life?
Here are a few self-inquiries for you:
* Do I live with a "500 shades of gray" perspective, allowing others' opinions and views to hold the same merit as my own?
* Do I see "500 shades of gray" in my own life?
* How can I begin to apply "500 shades of gray" perspective to my life and my mind?
Remember, no self-criticisms about the colors you really see after investigating. Accept whatever is the Truth.
According to the ancient Yogis, the only constant is change. If this is true, then you can and will change how you see the world. It just takes awareness and self discipline to remind yourself of life's diversity.
Begin today to breathe-in the diversity of life that creates the magnificent rainbow of "gray".
Thursday, September 13, 2012
As I was preparing for a seven month intensive that I am facilitating, I wanted to begin with the definition of Yoga. For this, I went to the Bliss Divine by Swami Sivananda. His insight into Yoga's teachings is impeccable. He was a modern day saint, sage and Yogi and he was, and continues to be, a teacher for the masses. Inspired to share his wisdoms, here is what Swami Sivananda has to say about Yoga. I italicized the sentences that really struck me... enjoy the reading and please feel free to share your definition of yoga.
“To live in God, to commune with God, is Yoga. Life in God brings eternal bliss. Yoga shows you the way. Yoga unites you with God. Yoga makes you immortal. Yoga is complete life. It is a method which overhauls all the sides of the human personality.
Yoga is not Physical Exercise
A Way of Life
May we all find a new spiritual understanding in our own lives. Happy Yoga-ing...