The Miracle of Yoga — New Years Message 2012
The thing that's miraculous about practicing yoga is that your attention is effortlessly directed into the hereness and nowness of pure awareness. If you surrender into the profound stillness and silence there, you'll begin to experience a joy that is beyond description. That joy is the presence of God. When you begin to experience that joy, don't try to do anything with it. Instead, surrender into it, become immersed in it, and from the whole of your being pour the deepest and most selfless, continuous and unconditional love and gratitude that you can find into that joy. This is bhakti yoga: communion with God through the experience of your Self as the love, joy and goodness that is God's presence within you, as you.
A guided Meditation
Settle into your steady seat. It doesn't matter whether you're sitting in a chair or on the floor. Be aware of where your seat is touching the earth. Allow yourself to settle a little more into your seat. Gently lift your pelvis to the upright so that your sacrum is as perpendicular to the floor as you can get it. Lift and lengthen through your spine and roll your shoulders down and back as you lift your breastbone slightly but gently upward. Draw the boney ridge on the back of your head gently up toward the sky so that the back of your neck lengthens and your chin lowers slightly toward your heart to a more humble position. Allow your face to relax. Notice how effortlessly the resting tone of your muscles are lifting and holding you in this posture. This resting tone of your muscles is call "tonicity". That tonicity is the beginning of stillness. Bring your awareness to your steady seat. Don't try to describe anything, just settle into a quiet surrendered experience of yourself sitting there. This will bring you into the "here and now" and draw your awareness toward the stillness and silence of your deeper nature.
Now bring your awareness to your breath. This will also bring you into the "here and now". Don't try to describe anything. Your breath is a manifestation of your consciousness — your Heart or Soul — so when you bring your attention to your breath, your awareness is drawn gently toward your Heart and you'll begin to experience the stillness and silence that are qualities of your pure awareness — your Heart. Settle into an unbroken awareness of awareness its self. Surrender as deeply as you can. Deep within an unbroken experience of the stillness and silence of your pure beingness you'll begin to experience a profound, boundless and indescribable love, joy, truth, wisdom and goodness. Those qualities are the very presence of God within you, as you. When you experience the love or joy of God's presence love Him and commune with Him as long as you can.
Here's the link to an amazing video about gratitude and living each moment as a gift to be cherished. It will open and touch your heart.
Have a happy, blessed, healthy, prosperous and inspired New Year everyone.
With my deepest and most heartfelt love, blessings and gratitude,