i heart good books

I leave for New York City this Sunday so this week is my last week at home to prepare for my ten day yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea which starts May 21st.  I am more than a little excited.  This is the first training I’ve done where I’ve been able to nerd-out a bit and prepare before hand.  The process has taught me how much I enjoy learning on a daily basis, and how I should make it more of a priority than I have.

My pre-training yoga challenge has been great.  I have mostly practiced yoga every day for the last month leading to the training, although Sundays I have mostly taken off.  I have really enjoyed the benefits of just 15 minutes of yoga practice wherever I can get it. Last Sunday I did it in the grass at a friends house.  Why o’ why do I have to make things so much bigger and harder than they have to be?  Yoga doesn’t have to be the hardest pose, 90 minute sweat-a-thon I sometimes make it out to be.

I have been reading The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale and this book has made me feel like it’s cracking my brain open.  I am reading about Energy Fields.  “Because of fields, reality is both local (here and now) and nonlocal, which means that everything is interconnected.  In many ways, the future of healing and healing modalities that link allopathic methods and complementary practices lies in the area of fields, simply because they are found both inside and outside of the body.  We are not isolated, closed circuits; we are interconnected brilliant beams of energy.”

I am also enjoying the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali.

Sutra 2.33:  When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought. This is pratipaksha bhavana.

Sutra 2.34: When negative thoughts or actions such as violence etc. are done, caused to be done, or even approved of, whether incited by greed, anger, or infatuation, whether indulged with mild, medium or extreme intensity, they are based on ignorance and bring certain pain. Reflecting thus is also pratipaksha bhavanam.

While you practice yoga, live life, climb mountains, ride waves, remember to turn that frown upside down and stick to the positive.  It doesn’t have to be that hard.

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2 Responses to i heart good books

  1. admin says:

    ‘Tis true, Steve, very true. Balance is always key.

  2. SteveM says:

    A comment .. the “Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali”, 2.33-2:34 .. “stick to the positive” ..

    I think there’s a trade-off. A positive attitude certainly helps, when human motivation is an important aspect of a systems success. But a too positive attitude can cause damage when it slips down a slippery slope into rationalization or delusion.

    I’ve found that in many instances it actually matters a great deal, either way, and there is no simple “always look on the bright side” or “always be skeptical” answer to every, or even most, situation(s).

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