When I returned to Buenos Aries, I gave a series of workshops on a wide variety of topics at the Integral Yoga Institute there. The first program explored the practical wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, and how these ancient teachings can guide everyday decisions. The Gita does encourage regular meditation practice to master the mind, but it also offers other approaches that can be more suitable for aspirants who are busy with families, homes and careers.
We discussed how our normal duties and work activities can be transformed into spiritual practices by doing them with a caring heart and focused mind, free from attachment to the outcome. When our intention is concerned with the well-being of others, not only our own, our actions are performed in harmony with our essential spiritual nature. This is Yoga in action.
Our actions also become Yoga when they are done with love and devotion, as when we offer them to God in whatever form we understand that Divine Presence. Imagine seeing yourself as an instrument of the Divine—your behavior and speech as expressions of God’s Will. This means we willingly let go of personal desires to allow this higher will to guide us.
Whenever our minds are freed from the anxious need to sustain or enhance a self-image, there is a sense of great relief. Whenever we feel ourselves to be a part of something much bigger than our small-minded image, we are empowered to act with clarity, strength and peace in our hearts.