Quote: "The only path to yoga is…. YOGA." When I first read that quote, I had to smile. There really isn’t another way to practice yoga, but to practice.
One of the definitions of yoga is union. The ancient texts speak of that union as being with the divine, something greater than ourselves. Whatever your religious (or non-religious) proclivity, when you dive deeper into these texts, they acknowledge that the “greater being” that we must unite with, is within ourselves: the divine is us, deep within us.
The Buddha said: “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love, compassion and attention as you are yourself and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anyone in the universe deserve your love, compassion and attention.”
So the question for the week is – can you practice yoga? Can you find that union, not with the ego, that sense of who you are, but rather something deeper and greater within?
And when troubled moments or struggles arise, take note of what you might do for (or say to) a best friend, partner, parent, child…and do THAT – for yourself. Because you, yourself, are just as deserving of your love, attention, compassion and affection as they are.
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