In Mindy’s own words…
Notice how many times you criticize others
how many times you blame..
it’s just another attempt at avoiding looking at ourselves.
When you notice yourself getting ready to cast judgement
“what is this story telling me about myself?”
“how am I like that person?’
When we see characteristics in others that really irritate us,
it is they who mirror our flaws.
When we see attractive qualities in someone else,
it is they who mirror back to us our own beauty.
I am you, you are me.
It is so easy to view others
it is harder to see ourselves..
Remembe the mantra..
I am you, you are me….
I was someone who always “needed to know”
and as a result would often find myself in situations where I would “never know.”
Certainly, some might shrug off the questions, or simply be able to move on..
I would “beat the dead horse.”
Because in doing so, I would believe (foolishly) that I could beat the answer out of the “dead horse.”
What I have discovered from my yoga practice is that I am able to live with the questions.
The questions are fertle ground for going “in” doorways to what all are seeking…
inner quiet, peace and unconditional love.
I sit with the questions
and in so doing, I am able to live with the anxiety they produce.
Feelings are momentary, and can change
if you allow them to.
Being still when you would rather run away, or distract yourself develops courage –
a powerful practice which will not only transform those uncomfortable feelings
but will also be the catalyst to transform yourself.
What is freedom?
How can it be defined?
And if it can be defined, how can one practice freedom in his life?
Freedom refers to a way of existence whereby one can pursue whatever one wants? Right?
Or perhaps, one can pursue ones’ desires, as long as it does not infringe on someone elses’?
Master Patanjali defines “yoga” in his Sutras:
yogas citta vrtti nirodhah
“when the fluctuations of the mind are ceased, then one is in a state of yoga.”
My Guru, Sri Brahmananda Saraswati defines yoga as “the State of needing nothing.”
Freedom is a state of mind.
A place where one can observe, witness while at the same time participate
in the play we call “life.”
Freedom exists in the moment.
So while observing with awareness, one can choose consciously.
What is more powerful than that?
It is so easy to fall in love with the light in someone else.
Fall in love with your SELF.
Go deeply into the crevices in your own heart.
That place where you store grief, anguish, unrequited love.
Feel the density of it..
Now you have the chance to catch a glimmer of true love.
With all the pain you are feeling
YOU are still there
holding the space for it all.