Quote of the Day

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Nelson Mandela

Hope, Believe, Just Be

“Hope is a thing with feathers
that perches on the soul,
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all”

– Emily Dickenson

One of the rare lines of poetry that I can recite from heart. I think that hopes and dreams cannot be overstated. These are what get us through the rough patches. This is what makes us ignore overwhelming difficulties and reach beyond for a better day.

You are never so hopeless that you cannot dream. There is no place so low that dreams are not possible. Believe in yourself, this is the first step. Stay true to yourself, invest yourself in right actions. You have no control over the rest. Do not become disheartened by things that are not under your control. The yoga teaches us to show up, do our best work and then let it go.

Control is an illusion.

Let it Go…

Forget what should be or what ought to be. Be with what is, breath with it, move inside the present moment. Progress cannot be made when we are avoiding the what is.

When you take the energy you previously used trying to control situations and apply it to right action you will become like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of your past.

Break free of doubt, cynicism and fear…

Believe that good will overcome.

It always does.

Staying Connected to the Divine

We all have days that we feel a part of something bigger. Like we plugged into the power source and everything is running as it should.

Then we have the “other days”

We feel disconnected, powerless and isolated.

How far away we feel from a Higher Power and question its existence. We lose perspective. We begin to wonder what our purpose is, or perhaps, if we even have a purpose at all.

It is important to remember on days like these that the answers are inside of us.

Our connection to the divine has not gone anywhere, we just stopped listening. The power, the truth and the connectedness are always available to us when we need it. You will find it between the in breath and the out breath that still small voice whispering the answers if you’ll only stop to listen.

Your Mother and My Mother – Poem by Hafiz

Fear is the cheapest room in the house
I would like to see you living
In better conditions,

for your mother and my mother
Were friends.

I know the Innkeeper
In this part of the universe.
Get some rest tonight,
Come to my verse tomorrow.
We’ll go speak to the Friend together.

I should not make any promises right now,
But I know if you
Somewhere in this world-
Something good will happen.

God wants to see
More love and playfulness in your eyes
For that is your greatest witness to Him.

Your soul and my soul
Once sat together in the Beloved’s womb
Playing footsie.

Your heart and my heart
are very, very old

– Hafiz

What Love Is

“Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8)