A Pledge for Grateful Living

  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome the illusion of ENTITLEMENT by reminding myself that everything is a gift and, thus, to live GRATEFULLY.
  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome my GREED, that confuses wants with needs, by trusting that enough for all our needs is given to us and to share GENEROUSLY what i so generously receive.
  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome APATHY by waking up to the opportunities that a given moment offers me and so to respond CREATIVELY to every situation.
  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome VIOLENCE by observing that fighting violence by violence leads to more violence and death and, thus, to foster life by acting NON-VIOLENTLY.
  • In thanksgiving to life, i pledge to overcome FEAR which is the root of all violence by looking at whatever i fear as an opportunity and, thus, COURAGEOUSLY to lay the foundation for a peaceful future.

By Bro.David Steindl-Rast O.S.B.

2016-10-15T01:45:36+00:00 December 29th, 2014|Comments Off on A Pledge for Grateful Living

Merry Christmas from the IYI family

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May your holy days and new year be filled with the joy of giving and
serving, the grace to learn from difficulty, the Peace that comes from
knowing our oneness, and the inner Light that illumines.
Your Integral Yoga family

2016-10-15T01:45:36+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Comments Off on Merry Christmas from the IYI family

100 year birth anniversary

Swami Satchidananda Gurudev Puja

With heart-felt gratitude, we honor the 100 year birth anniversary of our beloved founder and spiritual guide, Sri Swami Satchidananda. His profound wisdom, peaceful presence and life dedicated to service have transformed the lives of many thousands worldwide.

May we make good use of his blessings and guidance to awaken the light within and be a presence of peace in the world.

Swami Ramananda Signature

 

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2016-10-15T01:45:36+00:00 December 22nd, 2014|Comments Off on 100 year birth anniversary

Generosity is more than Gift Giving

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The residents of the Institute chose to practice generosity for the month of December, which feels harmonious with this time of year and the coming holidays.  Our intention, however, is to practice generosity in a much more meaningful way than gift giving.  Buying a present for someone with real care for their well-being is certainly a fine practice any time of year, but can also be an empty ritual, even an obligation.

Real generosity springs from the heart not from the pocket.  Real generosity arises easily from the sense of deep connection that we experience when we practice Yoga and free ourselves from the limiting thoughts that divide us.  It can take many forms:  a warm smile, taking time to appreciate someone or a silent prayer offered with sincerity to uplift a friend.  Simply listening to someone with full attention can be a powerful way to offer support and care.

Sharing the gifts and blessings we have received with others is a natural impulse when we acknowledge our abundance and escape the self-centered messages of our culture.  Sharing generously opens our hearts to the love and compassion that is our true nature and is ultimately more fulfilling than keeping things for ourselves.

In her book, The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Devi comments on the teaching of Astheya:  “In our lives we have many occasions to give.  In the simplest way, Astheya tells us not to steal.  As it expands your heart, it says, give.  For maximum benefit, do not even wait for someone to ask, be alert, and never miss an opportunity to give, give, give.  Sri Swami Sivanandaji’s students who hoped to emulate his most generous nature, gave him the nickname of Swami Give-ananda (the bliss of giving).”

Swami Ramananda Signature

2016-10-15T01:45:36+00:00 December 18th, 2014|Comments Off on Generosity is more than Gift Giving