Many people who begin the physical practice of yoga notice that their awareness about non-physical parts of themselves changes. This process of moving inward from the denser layer of our bodies towards our true nature is the goal of yoga! We get hung up on (attached to) so many obstacles along the way: what we think we know, our appearance, what we “like,”what we “don’t like,” and on and on.
The seat of our true nature can be found in the heart region and is experienced as bliss, that state of consciousness where Love excludes no one and no thing. The Sanskrit words Sat-Chit-Ananda are a beautiful pointer to our true nature. They are usually translated as Sat–existence, Chit–consciousness, and Ananda–bliss.
Here is a little practice using relationships for this month, especially at potentially stressful times of holiday functions. As you are with someone in conversation, be aware of all thoughts that are judging (I like/don’t like this, I know this or that, etc). Just noticing them is a big first step. Then try to let go of them or not be influenced by them. Notice your breath and drop down into your heart space. Practice listening from your heart. See what happens!
We hope to practice with you in November; to review the month’s class schedule, please see either the attached file or the calendar section of the site.
November special events:
- Friday, 11/22 6:45 p.m. Talk/meditation led by Juanita (all are welcome, no charge).
- Thursday, 11/28 (Thanksgiving Day): 9:00 a.m. Mixed-level class (all levels are welcome).
Studio access: If you arrive at The Pots Place after a class has begun, remember that you can still join us. Just go to the back entrance facing Mariah’s (look for the blue building) and press the buzzer next to the door; the teacher can then unlock that door remotely.