“Meditation and yoga calls for moderation. Moderation is freedom from excess in anything. It is calmness of the mind and equanimity. Moderation comes from self-discipline. No success is possible in yoga without self-discipline. “
-Yogi Ananda Saraswathi
Namaste is derived from Sanskrit and it is a divine blessing that honors our sacredness.
There are many interpretations of this sacred word/gesture. Some of the meanings are listed below:
I Bow to You.
I greet that place where you and I are one.
The spirit within me bows to the spirit within you.
The Divine in me recognizes and honors the Divine in you.
I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.
The God/Goddess within me acknowledges the God/Goddess within you.
DAILY TOOLS FOR CALM AND JOYFUL LIFE
• Cultivate a regular daily practice of meditation. Keep your practice simple.
• Take deep, slow and rhythmic breaths throughout the day.
• Spend time in nature.
• Become a witness, a silent observer of your thoughts, emotions and body sensations.
• See the world as it is, welcome yourself as you are, welcome life as it is. Practice equanimity.
• Be spontaneous, flow with life like a river.
• Embrace uncertainty, welcome the unknown.
• Live intensely in the moment, be here now.
• Be who you really are.
• Be pure, simple and natural.
• Think, speak, and act lovingly. Cultivate the emotions of compassion, love, and forgiveness.
• Read spiritual books, sacred texts or poems.
• Enjoy silence for some time every day.
• Have patience and be kind to yourself.
• Wake up with gratitude, go to sleep with gratitude.
• Cultivate noble thoughts constantly and “don’t worry be happy.”
• Allow yourself to freely express your truth and your creativity. You are unique.
• Remember to laugh, play and dance more often.
• Slow down, eat slow, walk slow.
”Outside there is traffic noise, inside there is also traffic noise – the traffic in the head. So many thoughts – trucks and buses of thoughts and trains and airplanes of thoughts, rushing in every direction. But you are simply sitting aloof, unconcerned, watching everything with no evaluation.” – Osho
“Thoughts are passing, desires are moving, memories are coming and going like clouds in the sky and you are sitting silently simply watching, not doing anything. If you do anything immediately the mind starts functioning. What you do does not matter – doing is part of mind. A non-doing witnessing, just witnessing, as if a mirror goes on witnessing whatsoever passes by – that is awareness. And that awareness takes you beyond the mind. It is true meditation.”