Monday, March 20, 2017

Simplicity, the Important Things in Life and Consistent Practice

Greetings Sadhakas,

This week in class we are considering simplicity, the important things in life and consistent practice.

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours.
-William Wordsworth

Our modern way of life seems to be making us busier and busier about less and less. It is only after we begin to taste the joy of simple living that we realize how much all this frantic activity can stand between us and our fulfillment. The more we divide our interests, our allegiances, our activities, the less time we have for living.

Loving, loyal personal relationships take time. We cannot get to know someone intimately in a day or establish a lasting relationship during a weekend conference. If we spend eight hours a day at our job and the evening watching television, where is the time for cultivating close friendships? If we simplify our lives, we shall find the time and energy to be together with our family and friends, or to give our time to a worthy cause that needs our contribution. The simple life doesn't mean bearing with a drab routine; it means giving our time and attention to what is most important.

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

The homework is to consider how the many practices of Yoga can support you in uncovering what is “really important in life”.  See if having a consistent practice has the effect of helping cultivate simplicity and if in this simplicity the things that are really important come to the surface?  The only way to answer this question is from your own experience, to practice. 


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

Serving Yoga to Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver Washington since 2003

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