Like a wave is inseparable from the whole ocean, you too are not a separate self, but are connected to all existence. This brings great joy.
SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF YOGA
At an ashram 37 years ago I was taught by a swami that yoga was not a specific religion, but was the essence of all religions. Yogis recognize incarnations of the Supreme Being in Krishna, Buddha and Jesus, among others.
Close your eyes and focus on the spot between your eyebrows, or the “third eye.” Repeat to yourself, “Om.” This is a sacred sound, the first word, according to the ancient scriptures of yoga, the Vedas. It is a powerful vibration.
ABILITY TO SERVE WITHOUT EGO
Everything you do, any duty you perform as work or charity, you do with a full sense of presence to the best of your ability. You let go of the outcome. You are confident that good actions you perform with love are a reward in themselves.
YOU DETACH FROM OTHERS’ CRITICISM
When you feel grounded in your own Self, you are free from the opinions of others, whether they praise or criticize you.
GREATER SELF AWARENESS
In yoga you begin to witness yourself. You can see yourself as an actor in a movie, speaking, acting. You become aware of your patterns of thought and action, and awareness is the first step in making any changes you desire.
SENSE OF PURPOSE
Meditating gives you the tools to become conscious of your Higher Self.
A FEELING OF BEING CONNECTED
Once you go inward and awaken your soul, you feel connected to all other beings.
ON THE LIGHT SIDE: Our egos are like ripples
My guru, Yogi Hari, shared an amusing metaphor, comparing our human ego to a ripple in the ocean. Like our ego drives us to pump up our individual importance and pride, the little ripple wants to be a bigger ripple – a tidal wave, a tsunami – wow! If only the ripple realized it was already one with the whole Ocean, it would feel more potent and immense than can possibly be imagined.
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