Since we enter the order of the Sutras from the Chaos of life, any book of higher understanding is often much more accessible when you simply open the book, and let chance decide. There is an acknowledgment of your connection to a deeper knowing when you trust that you will bump into the answers you need for THIS day.

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How you behave, today, towards others is a clue, a window into your state of mind. It’s easy to point the finger, to go from normalcy to resentment in nothing flat, but it’s a symptom, a sign, a wake up call. It’s subtle, but why wait to get hit over the head with a baseball bat? Why not just be present enough to make little adjustments along the way, thereby heading off trouble before it materializes?

The essence of this Sutra is that when the light of awareness illuminates the mind/body/self, order prevails and is made obvious by a shift in behavior that is respectful of self, other and the unity of all that is…

I believe this is where we are headed. This IS the shift of the new millennium. It’s time to think, believe, know that you are enough, there is enough, and all is well. From this place, it’s so much easier to be the change you wish to see.

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How does yogic philosophy relate to my life? Today, we look at one of  the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, whose 195 sutras or concise verses are essentially a blueprint for living, written by a traveling sage in India between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D.

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When the mind is directed externally, it acts mechanically, and there is either pleasure or pain. Sound familiar? How often have you found yourself stuck in a rat race of fulfilling other people’s needs to the point of not getting what you need for yourself? When they appreciate it, it’s great. We get approval. Approval feels good, especially if that’s what you live for. But often it doesn’t even get noticed. So, there you are again, needs not met, having put out for everyone else, but not for yourself.

The real problem is, you may never have even noticed that it’s YOU who is doing the mechanical behavior of putting everyone else first! Patanjali, like Eckhart Tolle, brings you back from the delusion of happiness to the present moment where substantial happiness can be a real experience instead of a hoped for event in the future.

When we allow ourselves to be motivated by what others want, need, or expect of us, the results are often that we allow ourselves to be run by our desire to please, in an effort to be loved. But to be loved, we must learn to love ourselves first. And I would be willing to bet that you are wrung out, exhausted and not taking very good care of yourself if you have been drawn to this topic.

“However good the eye, if the glass is clouded, the object is blurred.”

The obsessive thinking about what other people want of us can cloud our ability to see things as they are. Take a moment today to notice if at any point your mind takes off on a tangent of obsessive compulsive thinking – about anything – stuff you may have thought about a zillion times before…The main quality of calm is stillness. The power of self-inquiry is that it reveals the false premises of our negative beliefs. Rid of that, we are free. Free to enjoy the present moment and all the beauty it entails, free to have spontaneous insights, creative ideas and express ourselves without pretense.

“In this silent moment, the understanding of the very source of perception is apparent.”

In the silent, still moments of meditation, of practice, or of daily living there is a gem of opportunity. It’s the chance to perceive life with the audacity of children, the raw joy of experience and appreciation. You may have noticed that sometimes you drive somewhere and you find you arrive with no notion of how you got there. You suddenly become aware of yourself and where you are. This moment is the moment of being one with awareness, the essence of the present moment, devoid of thought. In learning to perceive when we are stuck in thought, and when we are simply present, we learn to separate ‘the Perceiver’ from the incessant thoughts that keep us from the joyful expression of who we are:  happiness, if you will. We are then no longer under the influence of mechanical, obsessive, continuous thinking, confusing the very essence of who we are with thoughts that limit us and keep us trapped in the mind, alienated from the depth and fullness of being alive, housed in a material body with it’s own innate intelligence…

(Excerpts taken from Patanjali’s Yogasutras, translated by T.K.V. Desikachar)