Here’s what she said that I had to write down: The people who have the most trouble navigating the change on the outside are the people who are not grounded in the changeless”. chat with Marianne Williamson
She went on to say that the spiritual life grounds us, psychologically and emotionally, in that which does not change. So, get a life! Get a spiritual life–meditate, do yoga, find a faith, take tai chi, whatever it takes to get you to start looking within to the source of all that is changeless. You will become a beacon of peace in a changing world.
Swami Satchidananda, who came to the US in the early 60’s under the protection of artist Peter Max, has something to say about that feeling in meditation when you feel you’re losing yourself, like you’re slipping away. He says “Don’t be frightened; it’s wonderful, fantastic. Why? If it happens to you, it means your system is ready. Your breath may even stop for a few minutes. That is what you call samadhi–you just become still.”
Have you ever had that experience? The more you practice Yoga–either the physical practices like asana and pranayama–or the more mental disciplines of meditation and svadhyaya, the more you’ll feel this stillness. You might even feel it at an unexpected moment, like driving in your car, or waiting in line at the post office. Or when gazing at a beautiful sunset. Then you’re really getting somewhere. Or nowhere!
Another door into stillness is through mantra repetition, using music, in the practice of kirtan. As my son once said after a long chanting session–he was only about 8 years old–he said “Mom, sometimes when we were chanting I couldn’t think of anything at all”. That’s the stillness. It’s a beautiful thing.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with these celestial moments. Please leave your comments, share your bliss.
If you follow me, you may have figured out that I’m not using this blog so much anymore. I decided to put everything in one place, so from now on, you can find my blog posts on BigYoga.Net.
But for a quick update, I am spending the winter in Yogaville, where I just had a wonderful visit from my son David, who is now off to Europe. This has been a good year for hanging out with him–he came to visit me in Michigan, took me to see our Irish ancestral home in the fall, and then came for Christmas! Thanks Dave!
We had a very successful Big Yoga weekend here at Yogaville where we adapted tradtional yoga poses for LESS STRESS! It was based on my new book, Big Yoga for Less Stress, which I expect to be in stores next month.
If you like chanting, stayed tuned for a new project I’m working on with Kamala Waltman, recording some of the older chants that were taught to us old-timers by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Other projects are emerging, including a new DVD, and companion book. Isn’t yoga fun?
“You are not given the light by anyone—not even by a spiritual teacher. You are that light.” Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Bible says “You are the light of the world”.
Yogi Bhajan says “ “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be light”
“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.” B.K. S. Iyengar
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr
Where do we get that light? It’s already there! It’s who we are. But, we can dim our own light by our own negativity, by the mind’s trick of forgetting. Re-kindle your own light with your Yoga practice. The more we practice asana and pranayama, we open up ourselves to the boundless energy of light available to us from the entire Universe. If you don’t know any other yoga practices, at least you should do a little deep breathing. Check out my friend and Integral Yoga colleague, Swami Asokananda, teaching breathing techniques to his students.
Lighten up and enjoy life!
Last week was a busy one, with a radio interview,with Charlie and Eva at Corporate Talk
A TV interview with Valerie Lego from ABC affiliate, WZZM’s show “Healthy You”
and a new blog post on the Junonia website, a clothing company that offers pus-size yoga clothes and other clothes for working out. They recently asked me to write for them about Yoga, and you can read the new post at their website, www.blog.Junonia.com. The post will show how to do an adapted version of the salute to the sun–Soorya Namaskar. Try it! And let me know how you like it!
It’s a big weekend in Yogaville this year–the centenary birthday celebration of our teacher, Sri Swami Satchidananda, and Guru Poornima celebration. Check out this great video by Sam Eberle to give you a taste of what Yogaville is all about.
I can’t be there this year, but I’m universal! Gurudev is with me all the time, and the sangha too!