Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Moving Into Mysore

After 44 straight hours of travel, sleeping seat-belted in airplanes, muddling through various time zones, enduring indigestion from bad airplane food, and finally surviving a scary Indian car ride, we are back in Mysore!
Mother India always presents a plethora of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes – a real smorgasbord for the senses!
And all I can say is ... Yippee!!
The effort to get here is a small price to pay for the great blessing of being back to study with our teachers.

Thank God for the next three months! While we are here in Mysore, the practice becomes the sole focus of our attention, pretty much of our whole existence, and although three months might seem like a grand amount of time, for us it seems more like a short, but intense, check-in. It is nice to have some time to step away from the demands of “big city living,” to find a quiet space to sink into where we can practice, study, and delved deeper into the inner-Self once again.
The truth is that most of us need to deliberately dedicate some time every now and again to make our yoga practice the focus of our attention. Amidst our busy lives we need to find those moments where we can rededicate ourselves to a consistent practice and review our growth along the path.

As we move through life, a multitude of things can become obstacles to our spiritual growth. The daily demands of “modern living” are just some of the obstacle that can take a toll on our mental, physical and spiritual well-being. With the help of our yoga practice we can begin to recognize a little sooner when we need to take a personal “time-out” to rejuvenate, re-vitalize, and possibly modify our approach to the journey.
Taking time to focus on what we really want, both on and off our mat, and pausing to honestly assess the barriers on the path is a very important process. It is satya (truth) that helps us find the answers to the questions that lie within ourselves.

Sometimes it is only after taking a step back that we can truly assess our choices and correctly decide where to invest our energy and resources. Life is a series of choices, and as Louise Hay would say, "the point of power is always in the present moment."
Breath, Be Present, Choose Well!