The simple truth is that yoga grounds me. In an ever-changing and complicated world, yoga reinforces my foundation and strengthens my resolve to accept what is and stay in the present moment.
Physically, it both invigorates and calms me. Mentally, it helps to still my mind, or at least to remind it keep striving for stillness. Emotionally, it helps me to release the effects of past pain and to make room for the wonders of new experience. Spiritually, it allows me to connect to an experience of universal love and common existence that, personally, I have never felt before. And through my practices of karma yoga (giving back), I feel enabled to give out some of that love which yoga has shown me, and use it to help others.
Moreover, yogic philosophy has helped to shape my personal attitudes towards life:
- Be gentle and kind and do no harm.
- Communicate openly, with honesty, sensitivity and sincerity.
- Cultivate joy, positivity, humor, health and acceptance.
- Remember that everything is impermanent and view all change, even unpleasant, as positive. Challenges are opportunities for growth.
- View every person and moment as unique and precious and honor it with love.
So, for me, the tradition is a huge resource of power that strengthens me and promotes my health and the health of my relationships.
Though I support of its tenets and practices, I do not believe that yoga is the only way to reach these experiences or cultivate these goals. Like most things, it’s not for everyone. I’m no missionary for the cause and am certainly not out to convert anyone. Frankly, I don’t care what you practice as long as your methods allow you to recognize your basic goodness, to amplify your potential for growth, to prime the stage for good physical health, and remind you to live and love yourself and others better.
The light in me honors the light in you (aka, namaste).
This is history being made, your personal history, thanks to the mirror and scissors of intelligence – See, Choose, Act. – BKS Iyengar