Category Archives: Satya

#ThoughtfulThursday: Favorite Quotes, Part II

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Just expanding a bit on last week’s post. Hope you enjoy and find a little inspiration.

  • “Sometimes you’re in the right place looking at things in the wrong way.” – Abraham Hicks
  • “You’re never too old for anything.” – Betty White
  • “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” – Buddha
  • “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
  • “My religion is kindness.” – The Dalai Lama
  • “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks. – John Muir
  • “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu
  • “The old law about an ‘eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Do not let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Will Rogers

In peace & light,

Debra

Earth Day

IMG_20170422_192452_914On this beautiful Earth Day, I enjoyed a workshop with the wonderful Alie McManus. During our closing meditation, part of what we focused on was planting a seed for what we want to grow. Today is a perfect day to plant a seed for our future, both literally and metaphorically.

Take a moment today and imagine what you would most like to see happen in your life, in your world. Incorporate it into your meditation. Live like it is already a reality. See what happens.

With love and light,

Debra

 

 

#TimeOutTuesday: Satya

Last week, we started looking at Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga with a look at the first limb, the Yama . Our focus was on the first of the five principles of the Yama: ahimsa. Today, we’re focusing on the second principle: satya, or truth.

Truth. Seems simple enough, right? While the truth seems straightforward, oftentimes it’s not. Think of two siblings who are trying to get out of trouble by blaming each other or two witnesses to the same event who have two totally different accounts of what happened. Each person was has their own version of the story, sometimes because one of them is lying but sometimes because of bias. What seems true for each us is shaped by many factors — our culture, our family life, our language, our thoughts, our emotions… and on and on.

So how do we get to unbiased Truth? Through self-reflection. Becoming aware of our biases can help us see past them. Noticing our conditioned responses can help us break patterns of behavior that hide the Truth. When we can quiet our minds and think less, it gives us the opportunity to open up to hearing the real Truth and accepting it for what it is rather than what we want it to be.  If we can all find the Truth within ourselves, we can stop acting out of fear and ignorance.

Yours in peace,

Debra

 

Schedule for the Week of October 10, 2016

satyaThis week, we continue the journey through Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga with a look at the second of the Yama — Satya, or truth. More on that subject later this week. Come to class or tune in here.

Please note: The Yoga Basics series at Community Yoga is on hold until next week.

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Thursday

Saturday

Sunday

Hope to see you this week!

Peace,

Debra

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