The whole process of spirituality is not to become a better person, to have metaphysical experiences or even to find God. The process is about knowing the self for in that knowing all is revealed. More precisely, it's about learning all that you are not - the sorrows, the personas, the occupation, the possessions, and the one thousand other labels we use to define who and what we are. As a starting place, use these definitions that you once used to define yourself and try re-using them to evaluate what you are not. See who is left...
In my yoga classes I occasionally come across students that feel uncomfortable singing or chanting the mantras that we use. Of course, others love it. I remember my first yoga class and was a little culture shocked when I witnessed the class singing together in a strange language I didn't recognize. Soon though I grew to love singing the mantras as it brought a sense of peace and elation to my being.
Let love be your greatest miracle. If you can love so profoundly, so deeply, so purely, you will have the most blessed life. Nothing else compares. No amount of money, no amount of possessions, no other experience can equal the benediction and joy that love is.
How would you have described your Self today? Were you kind, loving, patient, compassionate, helpful, smiling? Or maybe a little on the moody side? Or maybe just an outright grump? Or maybe all the above.
It's interesting to observe how we flow and meld into these different attributes; how one moment we can be on top of the world and grief-stricken in the next. The good stuff in us is all wonderful and we enjoy feelings of love and happiness, so why can we not just stay there?
We all know when we are living inauthentically, when we sacrifice our values just to be liked, noticed, wanted, desired, and we thus do or say things that don't reflect who we really are or who we want to be.
In anger we slip. In fear we fall. In lies we get caught and hope no one will find out. Living inauthentically is the ultimate lie to the Self. We can fool others, but we can never fool ourselves. When we act in falseness we create a gap that distances us from our ability to experience the depth of self love, for how can we love what is false? You can only love what is true.
Life never ceases to amaze me. There are so many unexpected twists and turns and ups and downs that everyday I feel like I'm putting my hand into a box of Bits N' Bites...it's a different handful every time. Life is consistently inconsistent. As Heraclitus once said, you can never step into the same river twice. But nonetheless, though the river may change it can still be enjoyed.
We all crave happiness, but do we really focus our attention on a strategy to attain this? No. Instead we focus our attention on the things we think will bring us happiness. Thus we start chasing dreams instead of facing reality.
Truth has no ideology, no dogma, it is not dependent on you or your beliefs. Nor is it the exclusive possession of one or any religion. Truth just is. When we try to confine truth to a specific dogma, say to a religion, the vastness and universality of truth is degraded and pigeon holed, reduced from its infinite scope to the microscopic view of one's interpretation, viewed from within the box of the limited perspective of the human mind.
Become centered in your own infinity...Get to the source of who you are...That which is timeless, infinite, benign, eternal and deathless.
The path of yoga is to seek your perfect centre. To recognize that all that goes on around us, all that comes and goes is not our pure essence. They are several steps away from your true essence. True essence is beyond pain, beyond suffering, and even beyond happiness. It’s simply a state of is-ness. Bliss. Perfect Consciousness. Light.
Though stars may appear crossed now, the heavenly bodies are forever changing. Attuned to the heavens as birds are to the season, man can learn to flow with the subtle movements of cosmic energy. This flow is always in harmony with love.
The following is an excerpt from a letter Sevara wrote to a friend having a tough time coping with life.
I turned to a devout spiritual practice of yoga. Though meditation, the use of breath and postures, as well as ruthless mental discipline I was able to get over fears and enjoy life again, not only enjoy life but feel blessed and in gratitude for all the good and bad that has happened. In other words, my suffering has been a miraculous catharsis that has lead me to my inner flowering.