Being Free

We normally think of “being free” as “being free to do what I want”.  But this kind of freedom can mean that someone is compelled by their desires to do things that are unhealthy or harmful to themselves or others. Case in point: the hot fudge sundae I used to want until I realized just how bad I felt afterwards.

Yoga teaches us a higher form of freedom — “being free of wanting things”.  When we begin to touch the deep sense of fulfillment and contentment that is already present within us, we are much less compelled to desire anything, especially something hurtful.  What a relief it is to know that I can enjoy many things that come to me, but I can be fine when they don’t.  It’s a great practice to experiment living this way.

2017-07-31T21:47:30+00:00 July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Loving and Serving Others

Until we experience the profound sense of completeness that is already present within us, it is natural for us to have many desires.  But we can save ourselves a lot of frustration and wasted time by learning to distinguish between healthy desires — that consider the well-being of everyone (including us), and unhealthy desires — that are based on our needs alone.

Unhealthy (selfish) desires are incompatible with our true nature —  the way we are connected to each other and all beings.  Even if we fulfill a desire, the momentary happiness we experience maintains the illusion that getting what we want is the source of our happiness.

As I pursue my own goals, if I also consider the effects of my actions on other people, my heart is at peace.  A genuine concern for others also makes possible deeper relationships, and has taught me that I can find joy in loving and serving others.  I hope to deepen this experience and learn to live this way always and I encourage everyone to try this as well.

2017-07-25T21:46:17+00:00 July 25th, 2017|1 Comment

Desire

Until we experience the profound sense of completeness that is already present within us, it is natural for us to have many desires.  But we can save ourselves a lot of frustration and wasted time by learning to distinguish between healthy desires — that consider the well-being of everyone (including us), and unhealthy desires — that are based on our needs alone.

Unhealthy (selfish) desires are incompatible with our true nature —  the way we are connected to each other and all beings.  Even if we fulfill a desire, the momentary happiness we experience maintains the illusion that getting what we want is the source of our happiness.

As I pursue my own goals, if I also consider the effects of my actions on other people, my heart is at peace.  A genuine concern for others also makes possible deeper relationships, and has taught me that I can find joy in loving and serving others.  I hope to deepen this experience and learn to live this way always and I encourage everyone to try this as well.

2017-07-21T18:37:11+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Desire

Enjoy This Moment As It Is

This month, I am noticing how often my mind begins to think about something that I could get or do or eat that would be enjoyable.  I try to catch myself doing that and remind my mind that I can enjoy this moment as it is, without needing something more.  When I can truly embrace that idea, I really like the feeling of freedom this gives me.

2017-07-18T21:41:59+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Enjoy This Moment As It Is