The second yama is Satya. Satya corresponds directly to the biblical commandment, “You shall not lie.” Lies chip away bits and pieces of the self and leave us hollow and disconnected. If we lie often we begin to live life in fantasy and can forget what the truth is. We are diverted away from authentic living.… Continue reading Satya: Lies and Self-destruction
First in line is ahimsa, translated commonly as “non-harming.” It is the one associated with Mahatma Gandhi and non-violence. It arises from the recognition that all beings are one with the Supreme Being and, as such, are part of ourselves.
Ben Franklin said, "actions might be forbidden because they were bad for us, or commanded because they were beneficial to us." He might be right!
Fewer Japanese school children wear corrective lenses than American school children. Yet when the children graduated and went off to college, the difference between the two disappeared. Hmmm . . .
Getting a handle on fear at the dentist. Have you used yoga in a practical way in daily life yourself?
There is a misconception, I think, about the idea of balance. That somehow if we can achieve the right combination of, say, work, family and time for one’s self, we can then remain in that state indefinitely. We think of balance as something we can get to and then just stay there. But even something as… Continue reading A Question of Balance
We start from where we are. We do the best we can today.