A very warm welcome to all our new subscribers, I sure hope we get to meet in person during the course of this year ! Having said that, I am rather perturbed by the reality of today’s date! Unbelievably it’s almost midway in the second month of 2013. Phew, time sure moves by fast. It brings to mind a comment made by someone I knew a while back . it was : “He has one foot on a banana skin, the other foot in the grave !” At the time it was directed at an elderly farmer , which I did think was inappropriate, but have never forgotten it anyway. Sometimes it feels that way. That is why I am eternally grateful to yoga and all it has taught me. While in the ashram now I found myself to be frustrated at times, mainly because I felt we could be moving along with this course at a better pace. I sat myself down to investigate this emotion, queried why it came up, then asked myself what was the hurry ? Where was I so impatient to get to ? After giving that some thought, I settled into the pace which was set for us, not only tolerating it, but actually being “ in “ it fully. We all have our moments of being either impatient, intolerant, irritable, moody and even inexplicably angry. Most often we don’t take the time necessary to analyse where these feelings are coming from. Once we do, there is firstly an understanding and secondly a solution and they are less likely to interrupt our lives as often. The very word “YOGA” literally means “integration” at all levels of one’s existence. Yoga is both “state” and “process”. As a process it is a means to integration. As a state, it is a psycho-physiological balance, signifying a holistic personality integration. ( as explained by Dr. R S Bhogal in yoga and mental health) The answer then is to make time to sit quietly, still both the body and the mind, let the inner peace find you. While in a lecture with Dr Bhogal, we had a practical session of meditation, he commented on what “ meditation” actually is. He said that meditation cannot be done, it just happens. You set the stage for it, make the necessary preparations, then just sit . Do not anticipate anything. Just be right there, right then. His techniques were most effective and everyone in the session had a unique experience.
So if I am able to offer any words of advice for the year ahead, in which it seems the only certainty is uncertainty, make time to meditate. It will prove to be your savior, your sanity and your health !
Dr Bhogal signed my book and wrote the following in the cover : “ The path of spirituality is ever fresh and exciting if we simply continue with it. “
With these words in mind I am hosting 2 upcoming retreats with yoga asanas, pranayamas and meditation being the focus for finding our inner strength that will lead us to our Peace. The dates for these are :
26-28th Feb Elands Bay, West Coast Cape Town
8-10th March Ballito, Kzn
Looking forward to meeting you and sharing some time and energy !
With love and compassion