Monday, April 28, 2014

Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Greetings Sadhakas,

This week in class we will be exploring "seeing things as they truly are".

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

                                      – Percy Bysshe Shelley

I am an incorrigible optimist. I'm aware of the threats that surround us, but I haven't lost my faith, I haven't lost my hope. And I haven't lost my confidence that people working together harmoniously can bring about a change for the better in the world that our children will grow up in.

It's not for governments to improve our lives. It is for each individual to ask himself or herself, "Should I continue to make things which destroy life, or can I lend my expertise and my experience to benefit life, to help life?"

We get discouraged because we don't see life as it is. We feel we can't make a difference because we don't see things as they really are. When we see life as it is, when we see people as they are, all sorrow will fall away, all suffering will come to an end. This is the great message of all religions. When we see life as it is, all sorrow falls away.

Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran

The homework is to explore for yourself what it means to see things as they really are. The practices of Yoga are supposed to help us in this discovery. Review the eight limbs of Yoga and work to refine your practices to support this discovery.


paul cheek
Rushing Water Yoga
417 NE Birch St., Camas, WA 98607