How are we going to solve this mystery? I have a key and I am seeking the lock. I have a lock and I am searching for the key. To understand the practice of Yoga (balance and harmony within), we need to seek the key and then find the lock. Continue reading
What is the reason behind using these idioms? The idea is that we understand what they are about and how we can appreciate their wisdom.
- Grin and bear it.
- Bitter pill to swallow.
- Take something by the throat.
- Put a good face on.
- Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
Anger is present everywhere. How do you see anger? What is its color? Black, red, purple or white? Now think about these colors. Black is a color which symbolizes power, sophistication and also evokes images of death, misfortune and evil. Yet we say black with rage. Red is a color of passion and energy. Yet it also represents anger. Purple is a color of spirituality and imagination. Yet it is also said purple with rage. Last is white which is associated with purity and innocence. Again we say white with rage. All these colors have such powerful associations and when we express annoyance, all these colors become negative in their representation. Continue reading
When I wrote the title, I immediate thought of the witness protection programs, we see on television. If you think about it, our samskaras haunt us, and samskaras are based on our past experiences. We want to be free and it is like running away from a crime. How do we become rid of them? Continue reading
We are all familiar with an agitated and distracted mind. As children we were made to stand in corners or put our fingers on our lips. We were told that our attention span is that of a gold fish’s (five seconds). As adults, we continue give in to our frantic thoughts and try to fight them. Even in a Yoga class, we will fidget. It is not unusual at all. And now we wish to practice meditation. How should we go about it? We could not sit still as kids and this habit persists. As adults we can now be compared to having a monkey mind. It is really frustrating as some of us are not aware of our ineptitude. Continue reading
Who is a friend? A friend is a person who is there for us. A friend never lets us down. Our friend always tells us the truth and looks out for us.
There are so many proverbs about friends. A friend in need is a friend indeed. A friend’s eye is a good mirror. False friends are worse than open enemies. Friends are thieves of time. Friendship is love with understanding. Continue reading
In all yogic practices you are asked to become aware and at the same time you also have to control your awareness. How is this done. Your goal is to quieten your mind and see a blank screen. You are to distance yourself from your impressions. When you stand in front of a person you are using your ocular awareness and your eyes are looking and it is registering in your mind. You close your eyes and you still see that person. Continue reading
We step out and what do we see. Do we see the green of the trees, and the birds twittering about. Do we see how much dust covers the leaves. Thoughts go through our mind, it is so dusty. And the crows are making a racket, I wish they would shut up. I am giving small examples from day to day living. Continue reading