EARTH SERVICE TO OTHERS: ~ I aspire to perform whatever job I do in the spirit of karma yoga....
What is Karma Yoga? It is the consecration of all the actions and their outcomes to the Almighty. Known as the Yoga of action, Karma Yoga purifies the heart, for the reception of the Divine Light and attainment of the knowledge of one's own self.
What is the ultimate aim of Karma Yoga? It is to provide selfless service to humanity, without any ego. People performing Karma Yoga serve the needy, without urging to bear fruit for all their actions. It is one of the most popular types of Yoga, which cannot be done without dedication, determination and altruism.
Make me an instrument....Karma takes the shape of Karma Yoga, when the practitioner acts as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty, as a participant in the cosmic activity of Nature and does the service without the expectation of fruits. The person then believes that he/she is only the instrument and that the Lord is working unselfishly, through him/her. He/she surrenders all the actions and their fruits to the Lord. He/she attains the knowledge of the Self. Ultimately, the person is released from the bonds of Karma.
Aspiring to follow the divine path of Karma Yoga... a practitioner only needs a peaceful mind, body and a selfless attitude, to serve humanity. The karma yogi does not desire for name, fame or money in return of the service.
The six heart virtues
According to Patanjali there are eight limbs of yoga
Yama : Universal morality
Niyama : Personal observances
Asanas : Body postures
Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
Pratyahara : Control of the senses
Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
Samadhi : Union with the Divine
May I be guided to the depths of my soul.....
1. Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things The word ahimsa literally mean not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, however, more than just lack of violence as adapted in yoga. It means kindness, friendliness, and thoughtful consideration of other people and things. It also has to do with our duties and responsibilities too. Ahimsa implies that in every situation the aspiration to adopt a considerate attitude and do no harm. 2. Satya – Commitment to Truthfulness Satya means "to speak the truth," yet it is not always desirable to speak the truth on all occasions, for it could harm someone unnecessarily. We have to consider what we say, how we say it, and in what way it could affect others. If speaking the truth has negative consequences for another, then it is better to say nothing. Satya should never come into conflict with our efforts to behave with ahimsa. This precept is based on the understanding that honest communication and action form the bedrock of any healthy relationship, community, or government, and that deliberate deception, exaggerations, and mistruths harm others. ii
3. Asteya - Non-stealing Steya means "to steal"; asteya is the opposite-to take nothing that does not belong to us. This also means that if we are in a situation where someone entrusts something to us or confides in us, we do not take advantage of him or her. Non-stealing includes not only taking what belongs to another without permission, but also using something for a different purpose to that intended, or beyond the time permitted by its owner.iii The practice of asteya implies not taking anything that has not been freely given. This includes fostering a consciousness of how we ask for others’ time for inconsiderate behaviour demanding another’s attention when not freely given is, in effect, stealing. 4. Brahmacharya - Sense control Brahmacharya is used mostly in the sense of abstinence, particularly in relationship to sexual activity. Brahmacharya suggests that we should form relationships that foster our understanding of the highest truths. Brahmacharya does not necessarily imply celibacy. Rather, it means responsible behavior with respect to our goal of moving toward the truth. Practicing brahmacharya means that we use our sexual energy to regenerate our connection to our spiritual self. It also means that we don’t use this energy in any way that might harm others. 5. Aparigraha - Neutralizing the desire to acquire and hoard wealth Aparigraha means to take only what is necessary, and not to take advantage of a situation or act greedy. We should only take what we have earned; if we take more, we are exploiting someone else. The yogi feels that the collection or hoarding of things implies a lack of faith in God and in himself to provide for his future.
Aparigraha also implies letting go of our attachments to things and an understanding that impermanence and change are the only constants. The yamas are moral virtues which, if attended to, purify human nature and contribute to health and happiness of society. The Niyamas Niyama means "rules" or "laws." These are the rules prescribed for personal observance. Like the yamas, the five niyamas are not exercises or actions to be simply studied. They represent far more than an attitude. Compared with the yamas, the niyamas are more intimate and personal. They refer to the attitude we adopt toward ourselves as we create a code for living soulfully 1. Sauca - Purity The first niyama is sauca, meaning purity and cleanliness. Sauca has both an inner and an outer aspect. Outer cleanliness simply means keeping ourselves clean. Inner cleanliness has as much to do with the healthy, free functioning of our bodily organs as with the clarity of our mind. Practicing asanas or pranayama are essential means for attending to this inner sauca. Asanas tones the entire body and removes toxins while pranayama cleanses our lungs, oxygenates our blood and purifies our nerves. "But more important than the physical cleansing of the body is the cleansing of the mind of its disturbing emotions like hatred, passion, anger, lust, greed, delusion and pride." v 2. Santosa - Contentment Another niyama is santosa, modesty and the feeling of being content with what we have. To be at peace within and content with one's lifestyle finding contentment even while experiencing life’s difficulties for life becomes a process of growth through all kinds of circumstances. We should accept that there is a purpose for everything - yoga calls it karma – and we cultivate contentment 'to accept what happens'. It means being happy with what we have rather than being unhappy about what we don't have. 3. Tapas – Disciplined use of our energy Tapas refers to the activity of keeping the body fit or to confront and handle the inner urges without outer show. Literally it means to heat the body and, by so doing, to cleanse it. Behind the notion of tapas lies the idea we can direct our energy to enthusiastically engage life and achieve our ultimate goal of creating union with the Divine. Tapas helps us burn up all the desires that stand in our way of this goal. Another form of tapas is paying attention to what we eat. Attention to body posture, attention to eating habits, attention to breathing patterns - these are all tapas. 4. Svadhyaya – Self study , "KNOW YOURSELF" The fourth niyama is svadhyaya. Sva means "self' adhyaya means "inquiry" or "examination". Any activity that cultivates self-reflective consciousness can be considered svadhyaya. It means to intentionally find self-awareness in all our activities and efforts, even to the point of welcoming and accepting our limitations. It teaches us to be centered and non-reactive to the dualities, to burn out unwanted and self-destructive tendencies. 5. Isvarapranidhana - Celebration of the Spiritual Isvarapranidhana means "to lay all your actions at the feet of God." It is the contemplation on God (Isvara) in order to become attuned to god and god's will. It is the recognition that the spiritual suffuses everything and through our attention and care we can attune ourselves with our role as part of the Creator. The practice requires that we set aside some time each day to recognize that there is some omnipresent force larger than ourselves that is guiding and directing the course of our lives. vii
I DREAM... ~ Important section for Initiations: Ceremony of Asking ~ This is where you script your asking for the Initiations Ceremonies. These ceremonies are to assist members in finding and aligning with their soul's purpose and passion.
WE DREAM OF BLISS: ~ peace on earth, pure nature, abundance for all, essence of being, oneness in every action DREAM OF WISDOM: ~ to be a truly authentic being and to know deeply that I am one with everything
DREAM OF LOVE: ~ LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND!!!! I wish for my every action to be pure love, I wish for every word to be spoken in love, I wish for every gesture to be inspired by love, I wish to give love and be love may I be love in all its colours and expressions
My intention is to find in myself Christ consciousness
I AM HERE: ~ to learn and to surrender, to know myself and to forgive myself and others. I am here to see God in all things and to open up to love and love all that is
Don't be afraid of letting go.....let go of the pain, of the expectation, let go of the past, the obligations....and just breath and feel at one with the all of the moment.......
I SEE NOW: ~ a clear and certain path - upwards, outwards, inwards towards light and love.
I HEAR: ~ mantras, frequencies, silence, a heartbeat, breathing
THE TRUTH OF MY WORLD ~ please list information you feel connected with... ~
~ I wouldn't mind taking a peek ....I wouldn't know where to begin though!
VALUES & DESIRE:
COLOR OF AURA:
YOGA+SPORT + ACTION:
~ Yoga, practice and theory - practice focus and surrender
GOD(S) & GODDESS(ES):
HOME & BODY:
KHARMA & DHARMA:
ANGEL(S) & GUIDE(S):
TEACHER(S) & GURU(S):
LOVE & JOY:
~ English and French
BELIEF(S) & RELIGION(S):
Music & Movie Favorites
Nature & Sacred Places
Bob Marley, Fat Freddy's drop, The Beloved, Miss Magikal, Lisa Gerrard, Deva Premal and Miten, Groove Armada, Florence and the Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay
~ Agios Pavlos and Preveli, Crete
The Whale Rider, Gladiator, The Life of Brian, Zeitgeist, Our Daily Bread, What the **** do we know?, Garbage Warrior, The Thomas Crown Affair, Mamma Mia, Moulin Rouge, Star Wars, When Harry met Sally, Indiana Jones, The Fifth Element, The English Patient, Pretty Woman, Bob Marley live in concert, The Matrix, Bleak House, The Big Blue, Crash, Magnolia, Slumdog millionaie, Little Miss Sunshine, Monsoon Wedding, La Vita e Bella, Amelie, Planet Earth series, Il Postino, Cinema Paradiso, The Passion of Christ.......
Newgrange, Co. Meath, Ireland Glastonbury Tor, UK La Ste Baume, France
~ Ramana Maharshi's ashram in Tiruvannamali
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That's all for now....live in peace and love and light Om shanti shanti shanti