When in India the rest of the world fades into a distant memory. It is like the moment in meditation where your awareness expands and the volume on thoughts decreases. They are there but no longer disturbing. The present moment absorbs your attention.
These are the words of the Himalayan master Swami Rama, which pass through my mind every morning and evening as I sit down to meditate. Every meditation for me must start with this ‘sankalpa,’ a commitment to remember my determination – I am more powerful than the patterns of my mind.
Developing a home practice is a key element in the advancement of any serious yoga practitioner. This is a time that you set aside for developing your relationship to all that is YOU: body, mind and spirit. It is a sacred period of renewal. When we commit to a home practice on a daily basis our lives begin to blossom in unimaginable ways. Get ready for the ride of your life!
If you are like me, yoga has deeply impacted your life. You have felt a positive transformation take place because of your practice and dedication to this path. When something powerful happens for us one great desire is to share it. The question becomes “What is the way I can pass on this amazing thing which has happened for me?”
The more clearly we perceive reality the more we can create peace, not just inner peace, but also peace in the world. Meditation results in a state of freedom so profound that one’s very presence causes peace in his or her total environment.
Magic unfolds almost effortlessly when you step onto the soil of the birthplace of yoga. If one is open to it, you can feel yourself swept up in the spirit of mantra, drifting on intoxicating melodies, engrossed in the swelling of emotion, allured by sweet smelling incense, drawing one further toward a state of surrender, releasing all hold on reality and diving into an ocean of devotion. To explore oneself in the landscape of India is to deepen ones inner commitment to connect to the innermost chamber of Self, to release all shackles of past and future, and fully surrender to the vastness of Now.
Yogis, prophets, psychics, you name it, they all talk about this time of change that we are currently experiencing. Do you feel the shift? Let us not leave it up to our neighbors. Let us commit daily to live in LOVE and be the change that it needed in order to bring a state of harmony and peace for all. May we all wake up to the love that is inside us.