“The greatest wealth we can attain is a happy mind and a healthy body,” Blair Lewis.
The third principle for living a purpose filled life is Asteya (non stealing). This not only includes stealing possessions, but also time or resources spent on activities that do not align with your dreams, or prevent you from fulfilling your potential. What do you cling to or desire even though it may be holding you back?
“Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and messenger will be rejected,” Gandhi.
The second principle of living your life with a purpose is Satya or truthfulness. Truthfulness must be practiced skillfully, and hand in hand with Ahimsa (non-harming/violence) which always comes first. Before speaking or acting, think beyond your truthfulness and ask yourself whether you are coming from a loving and compassionate place.
“Be nice to yourself, and be nice to others,” Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
This is the cornerstone of Ahimsa or non-harming, one of the five principles of living your life with purpose. How can we ever be happy if we are constantly criticizing, judging, belittling, and punishing ourselves? The source of Ahimsa is unconditional love, first towards ourselves, then outward. Find ways to make friends with your mind (through meditation, mantra, intention, mindfulness) and practice rewarding yourself!
Over the course of a 24 hour day, how many large or small things (objects, people, ideas, labels) are you attached to that are insignificant? Do you have a favorite spot in your yoga, barre, cardio funk, ______class? What would happen if you set up elsewhere? We can drive ourselves crazy being stressed, anxious and worrying about things that don’t matter or that we have little control over.
My husband has a favorite pen. He keeps it in the kitchen on the counter. It frequently “grows legs” and walks off. He gets extremely frustrated when it is not where he left it and he wants to use it. We have lots of pens….in a kitchen drawer, on the counter in a cup, but he wants that ONE pen. Does it write a little smoother or smudge less than the other pens? Maybe, but is it really something to become attached to and stress over?
Your Homwork (I realize its spelled incorrectly) this week is to catch yourself in moments when you are attached to non essential things and practice beginning to let go that which no longer serves you.
I hope to see your smiling face in a different spot in the yoga studio this week!
Weekly Challenge (Omwork) – I’ve taught in a variety of settings over the last 13+ years…gyms, rec centers, corporate offices, dance studios, clubhouses, churches, and outdoor events. They all have their challenges whether it be the size of the space, temperature, noise level, type of flooring/grass/sand, and even the elements (wind, rain, thunder, and lightening). I do my best to “go with the flow”, to stay calm and undisturbed…most days successfully but some days unsuccessfully.
When everything is exactly the way we like it, it’s easy to remain calm, but what about when we are in an uncomfortable situation? We can not control most people, situations, and our environment. The only thing we can control is how we react, or maybe we choose not to react. This is when our personal spiritual growth occurs, honing our skills of patience, tolerance, and acceptance. The next time a person or situation annoys you (there is a loud sound during a yoga class, or someone comes in very late and noisily unrolls their mat right next to yours), use this as an opportunity to practice these qualities and traits.