Poetry is a bridge between the language of the mind and the language of the soul. Today I have selected some inspiring texts, poems and quotes expressing the heart of yoga, reflecting its wisdom, its blessing and answering the age-old questions: ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is my true nature?’, ‘What is my purpose?’
~ How to rest in the Self ~
‘Embarking on self-knowledge’s quest
Must be a whole-hearted effort
First, find a foothold in sound wisdom
Stay steady in practice till the goal is reached
Every moment of time and every thing
Has the potential to raise inner clarity
All that you seek is here and now
Face the truth in all things without break
Experiences will come naturally on their own
No need to run after anything at all
The inevitable cannot be averted by any
It cannot be altered by any effort
Let come what comes -what is the problem
Be connected with facing the truth
Ceaselessly watch the mind’s movement
Unbroken must be the meditative mood.’
Excerpt from the Yoga Vasistha in poem by Swami Suryadevananda
“There is a spirit which is pure and which is beyond old age and death; and beyond hunger and thirst and sorrow. This is Atman, one’s spirit. All desires of this Spirit are Truth. It is this Spirit that we must find and know! ”
Excerpt from the Chandogya Upanishad
‘Rewaken the Soul, the heart, the spirit
That runs through you
That breathes life into you
That shapes your world
Rewaken to a new you
A you that beats in harmony with the Universe
A you that transcends time & space
A you that is eternal
Rewaken, unleash, exude
Celebrate, love, surrender
Rewaken to yourself ‘
by Betty Larrena
” This human being is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes,
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house,
Empty of its furniture,
Still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them all in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond. “
~ Why moving it, every day? ~
When we experience stress or trauma we store it in our tissues, and it can manifest as illnesses or physical pain and suffering. The best way to release it is to literally shake it out of your body.
This means we don’t avoid it by pretending it didn’t happen, but we don’t feed it either by giving it power and making it the big fucking deal of the day.
Simply recognize what comes into your space, acknowledge what’s bothering you, feel into it and move it out with breath and movement.
Yoga is great for this, as is a dance. A somatic release.
by Michelle Sweezey
~ ‘Message of Gratitude’ ~
You give me strength, confidence, control, flexibility, balance, peace of mind… a deeper understanding and acceptance of myself, of the world.
You offer me new perspectives, other mind patterns, vitality, health, another diet, a world to explore. ..
You teach me patience, gratitude, non-judgment, humility, faith, freedom and patience again. ..
You don’t judge me, my moods, my capabilities or my flaws.
You understand my human condition, you also help me to understand my human condition and the Impermanence of all things.
You put on my path wonderful strong open shiny happy simple people.
You inspire me every day and every night.
You transform my life each second.
You make me feel deep joy.
You make me grow.
by Azuka Muse
~ Advice from a tree ~
Stand tall and proud
Go out on a limb
Remember your roots
Drink plenty of water
Be content with your natural beauty
Enjoy the view
Back in the sun
Don’t mind the clouds
Provide shelter for birds, squirrels and other creatures
Go with the winds that areblowing through your life.