Hatha yoga / physical yoga

Raja yoga, “the royal yoga”

Hatha yoga requires withdrawing oneself from society, living as a recluse and subjugating the body. Raja yoga was developed by heads (raja-s) of monasteries who were too busy to practise hatha yoga. Its techniques (which are simple, although not necessarily easy to master) may be practised by anyone and are used to attain the benefits of yoga while leading a life of engagement with family and work.

 

 

Dedication

Taken from the book : The Light Shall Set you Free by Dr. Norma Milanovich & Dr. Shirley McCune)

Dedication:  devotion or commitment to a cause or mission.

How dedicated are you?  Are you dedicated to your loved ones, working to create a better career for yourself, making your life better?

Dedication is based on great love. It is to serve humanity.

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The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Who is This? : poem by Rabindranath Tagore

I came out alone on my way to my tryst.
But who is this that follows me in the silent dark?
I move aside to avoid his presence but I escape him not.
He makes the dust rise from the earth with his swagger;
he adds his loud voice to every word I utter.
He is my own small self, my lord, he knows no shame:
but I am ashamed to come to your door in his presence.

POWER

(Taken from the book by Deepak Chopra: Power, Freedom and Grace) 

So many people have a craving for power  – to be powerful! They want to control the world with their powerful ways, ideas, and thinking.

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YOUR EGO

Another short piece taken from the book by Deeprak Chopra: Power, Freedom and Grace  : https://www.amazon.com/Power-Freedom-Grace-Lasting-Happiness/dp/1878424858. 

The world of the EGO is

  • Time-bound
  • Self-absorbed
  • Attached to the known
  • It clings to pleasure
  • It recoils from pain

You break free of the prison of your ego when you feel neither beneath anyone nor supreme to people

  • Shed the need to control other people
  • Create space for others to be who they are
  • Create your real self to be what it is supposed to be