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I will spend more time with myself in this lifetime than anyone else. Let me learn to be the kind of person I would like to have as a friend.

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Only the shallow man loses responsiveness to the woes of others’ lives, as he sinks into narrow suffering of his own. The one who practices a scalpel self-dissection will know an expansion of universal pity. Release is given him from the deafening demands of his ego. The love of God flowers on such soil. The creature finally turns to his Creator, if for no other reason than to ask in anguish: ‘Why, Lord, why?’ By ignoble whips of pain, man is driven at last into the Infinite Presence, whose beauty alone should lure him.

A Sadhu quoted by Yogananda in “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

Loving-kindness for those in harm’s way tonight:
May you be safe.
May you be at peace.
May you be healthy.
May you live with ease.
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I don't approve of a relationship my best-friend has with her boyfriend. Though, I do not approve, I love her dearly and want to show my support and let her know that she can still confide in me. I need words of encouragement to put on a bold face when I am with them, do you know any quotes that may lift my spirits?

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There are 4 Brahma-Vihara’s which literally means “divine abodes,” “divine emotions,” or “best homes,” as Sharon Salzberg likes to say. They cultivate calm, peace, and happiness within us and in our relationships with others. They are also a path to enlightenment. The four brahma-vihara’s are: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

Compassion is cultivated when loving-kindness encounters suffering. Sympathetic joy happens when loving-kindness touches happiness and joy in others. Sympathetic joy is the one that came to mind with regards to your question. 

Even though you may not approve of her choices for whatever reason, you can be happy for her that she is happy. Her happiness just like all of our’s is impermanent. Even if it is a wonderful relationship and lasts for 30 years or only 3 months, it is impermanent either way. So why not be happy that she is happy today, no matter for how long. 

If her relationship does not work out, you can offer compassion for her. It would be better to be present for her as a true friend with sympathetic joy for her happiness and compassion for her suffering, rather than try to control her choices or judge her. 

Equanimity is not cold indifference or apathy. It sees the whole picture for what it is. It is the wisdom to not get caught up in either extremes of life, but to keep things in perspective. 

The best thing you can do is what Thich Nhat Hahn suggests. Simply say, “Darling, I am here for you.”

Blessings

When you encounter suffering that you can’t stop no matter how hard you try, you need equanimity to avoid creating additional suffering and to channel your energies to areas where you can be of help. In this way, equanimity isn’t cold hearted or indifferent. It simply makes your goodwill more focused and effective.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Metta & Gravity

Tonight

I wish you well.

May you be safe. 

May you be whole.

May you be happy.

May your heart be full.

May you be healthy.

May you be free from pain.

May you live with ease.

May you be at peace.

You are loved.

The light in me burns brighter

because of the light in you.

When you are in that place in you,

and I am in that place in me,

then We. are. One.

Always.

~Namaste

Whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, all these do not equal a sixteeneth part of the liberation of mind by loving-kindness. The liberation of mind by loving-kindness surpasses them and shines forth, bright and brilliant.

Buddha (from “In the Buddha’s Words” by Bhikkhu Bodhi”

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.

Oscar Wilde

Supported by the Earth & Sangha

At the end of yoga yesterday morning, I really let go during savasana (corpse pose) more deeply than I may have before and really felt the Earth supporting me solidly but holding me the way a mother holds her child. Throughout the day I reflected on that solid support that was present in every step I took. 

Last night during my sitting mediation a great guy I met at my first retreat kept coming to mind because I knew it was his birthday and had moved to Colorado. I realized that I would probably never see him again, and for a moment thought that was unfortunate. As I began to send him metta and reflect on my gratitude for the time we shared at the retreat with everyone else, I felt that same supporting feeling that I had felt that morning resting on the Earth.

The more I reflected on the simplicity of their smiles, their silence, their bows, their postures in meditation, and their service to one another, the more joy and strength I felt. I knew those interactions and relationships are impermanent but felt peace about not having to hold onto them forever. I realized then that this is what it must mean to take refuge in the sangha. 

I allowed my awareness to expand to include others who have been a part of my sangha at one time or another for any length of time to cultivate that same gratitude for them and send them metta as well. As the bell rang to end my meditation, I had a confidence and quiet strength that I had not felt so deeply before. It’s amazing to me that it’s possible to feel so grounded, supported, and joyful by simply letting go.

Try to practice loving-kindness and develop metta even towards those that oppress others. We most often loathe in others those dark corners of ourselves which we see reflected in them. In the end you may not change them, but you will develop compassion for the tormentor as well as the tormented and realize that they are both. When we do that, we come closer to seeing and embracing all of who we are as well.

You are perfectly wonderful just the way you are.

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Metta to all

May all beings everywhere be safe. May all beings everywhere be happy. May all beings everywhere be healthy. May all beings everywhere live with ease.

Namaste

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