Thursday, March 23, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
It takes work: The Niyama Triad:
|Do, Observe, Correct|
–Self Discipline is the act of showing up for your practice whether you feel inspired or not. What is your practice? Perhaps it is stepping onto your mat every day for posture practice or breath work. Perhaps it is putting on sneakers and going outside for a daily walk. Perhaps it is making a healthy breakfast and avoiding junk that isn't food. Perhaps it is showing up in front of a blank canvas or a blank piece of paper with a brush or pen in hand. Perhaps it is taking the first steps on a new path or trail. What is your practice?
–Self Study is what happens when we show up for our consistent daily practice. It is creating and recreating your plan of action. We change. Our practice changes. The world around us changes. Self study is the practice of coping with resistance and change as we do. Do and Observe. Correct and Do. Self study is what feeds the soul of who you are. It is discovering what you love, what inspires you, and who you are. The path to discovering your Great Work, the thing you are meant to do and share with the world.
–Surrender or Faith is the belief that you can, that you should, that it matters, and that it will work. Surrender is not passive. It is not giving up. It is knowing when to let go of the things that do not matter and answer the call to something greater. Perhaps it is a surrender to Grace and devotion. Perhaps it is a surrender to action. Perhaps it is a surrender to your Self. It is a surrender to determination: "I can, I should, this matters (if only to me), and I will."
"Do what is yours to do. Don't do what is not yours to do." –Swami Rama
"Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference."
"Grant me coffee to change the things I can and yoga to accept the things I can not."
"Do or do not. There is no try."