When we practice yoga, we practice movements and mindfulness that allow us to let go, to put aside the old ways of thinking, the old reactions and opinions that no longer serve us, and we move into a new space where there is nothing and where everything is possible. We empty ourselves of negative thoughts and enter the sacred space of pure awareness and goodness. I love Teaching and Doing Yoga. I can’t imagine my life without yoga. ~Fran
The aim of yoga is to reach a place of nothingness. Sounds like a waste of time, but to experience nothingness is an art form, one that is rich with possibilities. To experience nothing is to melt away stress and, thereby, improve one’s health and life. The thinking mind reaches a state of relaxation and one can be at ease with the intense process of self-discovery. To go to the place of nothing is to witness and celebrate the simplicity of breath, our very precious thread of life.
There is only NOW.
To be a great therapist, doctor, parent, or teacher, we have to be fully human. And in order to be fully human, we have to understand what it is to love.
Here is a definition of happiness as found on the web:
Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.
And here is what Yogi Bhajan, the great Kundalini yoga teacher, has to say about happiness:
“You should make yourself so happy, that by looking at you, other people become happy.”
But how do you make yourself happy? Happiness comes from an internal source and not an external one. If we really get that, we will stop thinking that someone or something outside of ourselves will make us happy. Yoga teaches us that by looking within, promoting one’s health and well-being, cultivating a peaceful internal feeling in which there is a lack of conflict or stress or worry, happiness can be felt and found.