By acknowledging something beyond the ego-mind and its limited ideas, we humble ourselves and open our hearts to receive a grace that is always present. Sri Swami Satchidananda illustrated this by saying that just as raising the window shade allows the sun to shine in, we experience an inner Light when we let go of the habitual thoughts that define us and separate us from the Spirit within.
“The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you–when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever–you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve touched the timeless love and awareness that are intrinsic to who you are.”
from True Refuge, by Tara Brach
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Last year, we made a number of changes to our operation to do everything possible to reduce waste and energy consumption, and increase recycling and composting. We applied and were recognized as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco.
More recently, we were surprised to be invited to an awards ceremony where about 70 businesses of all kinds were awarded plaques at an evening reception, and given the opportunity to promote their businesses.
We feel this is one more way we can share that Yoga is meant to be integrated into daily life, and our respect for the sacredness of life can extend to caring for the earth.
“None of us is responsible for anything. If we have any responsibility, it is to know the Truth. Let us know the Truth. My responsibility is to know who sent me and for what purpose, and to allow that unseen hand to function through me.”
Quote from The Golden Present, by Sri Swami Satchidananda