If you follow these five steps and make them a part of your daily thoughts, all other aspects of your life will start to fall into place. Your mind will be freed up to see the endless possibilities that are available to you. Now this is called living.
Do you get overwhelmed by the idea of committing to a lifelong spiritual practice? When we think about this work in relation to our fast-paced lives, it can not only seem daunting to set out on this path but completely absurd.
If a marathon runner didn't consume a lot of carbohydrates the day before their race, then they may very well still make it to the finish line. But just like the long-distance runner benefits from a plate of pasta, the yogic seeker benefits from their own preparations.
Most people in the West are familiar with the word "yoga." But this familiarity is typically based on images of lithe young people in studios or gyms contorting themselves into a variety of different postures of varying degrees of difficulty.
When I started doing yoga, I loved most of what happened in the classes. One thing I did not love, though, was the chanting of "om." None of my early teachers could explain what it meant or why we were doing it.
I have found that one of the most challenging parts of my job is to get people to look for similarities at least as zealously as they look for differences. The more we identify as different, the less happy we are because we are denying the nature of the world. We are not separate.
You can't ask a teenager to suddenly manifest a social service network that the churches have been mothering for generations. The churches have paid their mortgages through centuries of focused intention and tithing.