Friday, July 25, 2014

Little by little I'm getting to know me

Yesterday I was quite sad about this week ending. I even sad harsh words to someone I love deeply. Upon going to bed I thought,"When will this stop? At what point will my words reflect what is going on inside?"  I guess it's my decision. Patricia said this week one of the hardest things to do is make a decision. It's true. We wake up everyday with amazing an opportunity to make our life what we want. 

I woke up this morning realizing I'm no longer sad about this intensive ending. Patricia Walden is a unique teacher who helps you realize we have all the tools we need to progress in this Art of Yoga. Discipline, compassion, humor, sensitivity, and determination. We know what texts to study, what poses to practice, how to be careful when attempting pranayama.  Below is one of the slokas from the Gita we discussed. It stuck with me because my relationship with my yoga practice has had it's ups and downs. At times I've failed, at times I just wanted to quit. There always seems to be something that pulls me in deeper,something inside longing to change.  

Bhagavad Gita 6:23-25
The practice of meditation frees one from all affliction. This is the path of yoga. Follow it with enthusiasm. Renouncing wholeheartedly all selfish desires and expectations, use your will to control the senses. Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.