May I be happy.
May I be peaceful.
May I be safe from harm.
May I enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May I experience ease and well-being in body, mind, and spirit.
Today has been perfect, and I am only half way through. I attribute it to my morning meditation on Pantajali’s Yoga Sutra 1.33.
maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam
Tranquility of thought comes through the cultivation of friendship, compassion, joy, and impartiality in spheres of pleasure or pain, virtue or vice.
There are 4 words that stand out for me in this sutra, and they are: Metta or maitri (lovingkindness); Karuna (compassion); Mudita (joy); and Upeksha (equanimity). Patanjali places these words in balance with their opposition. Yes, in difficult situations and with difficult people it is especially important to cultivate joy, compassion and equanimity. But what really resonated for me today, was the importance of living fully in the moment, aware of the need to bring joy, compassion, kindness and balance into all aspects of my life.
Thus, I started today’s class with the prayer/chant above. We then moved into a practice that allowed everyone to deepen and yes, sweat. We did vinyasas, we did the sagital series, we did arm balances, head stands and more, but the best came at the end.
Because our focus was on staying happy, and peaceful, and practicing compassion, everyone slipped gracefully into Svasana. I could feel the room melt. The pranayama practice and the meditation happened effortlessly. We were all breathing together. Breathing in to a place of peace and joy. There a a tangible sense of letting go and letting in. It was truly a moment of blessing.
And then after class, I got to totally yoga-geek-out with my good friend Pat. We played with hand-stands and arm-balances and jump-throughs. I still have yet to master lifting up into a handstand with legs together but we got awfully close. And again, I think it all worked so well, because I came to it from a place of Mudita/joy, and Upeksha/equanimity. I left the need to “conquer/master” and just went to have fun with some cool and challenging asanas. And it worked.
Later in the afternoon, I got to romp in the woods with my dog. The air smelled so good, and the leaves were just changing colors. because I didn’t stress out about my to-do list, I was able to get that one more thing in.
So, I just wanted to let you know that, yes, today it worked. Starting off with a meditation on balance and joy and compassion, can and does make a difference.
Now it is off to feed kids, make dinner, run errands, drive kids and teach again.
Have a great day
Shalom & Namaste,