“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” ~Kahlil Gibran
I’ve been to meet the guru and she told me that I can’t expect the results of my yoga practice to come to fruition without meditation and pranayama. Asanas alone are not enough.
Like all things, what you get out of something depends on what you put in. There’s no doubt about it. I still practice asanas every day, and my pranayama is pretty good, but since starting a regular 40 hour job I find it’s difficult to set a regular time to practice meditation, and that I am inconsistent in how long the sessions are.
A wise friend of mine said, “Habits are the life hack of the lazy.” Then very profoundly suggested I try a one minute meditation, because surely if you can’t find a regular time for that… um, maybe there is a bigger problem…
And so I began, and from the one minute mediation I will rebuild my meditation practice breath by breath.
Since I last posted I took the major step of moving to Bad Meinberg, Germany to live at Yoga Vidya Ashram. So far it has been wonderful, but I’ve been super busy trying to learn everything and deal with the paperwork and things on this end. I took a few minutes the other day to take some photos of the beautiful flowers around the area. Enjoy!
A number of people have asked me about the images of flowers that randomly select for the header for each page of this blog. They are original photos that I took over the years. I like to do macro photography and I have mediocre at best equipment, but for me it is calming and relaxing.