Monday, January 9, 2017

How those "resolutions" coming along?

Kelly McGonigal (Yoga Int'l); edited by Seven Dhr., Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly

I resolve to practice meditation every day for a minimum of seven minutes (Yoga Int'l).
Maitreyi (
Almost every New Year’s resolution starts with two words: “I will.” We summon our willpower and pledge to change not just what we do but who we are.

We set goals and imagine how happy we will be when we get what we want.
But if there’s one thing yoga teaches us, it’s that there’s a world of difference between “I will” and “Thy will.”
Chant om for clarity.
Most New Year’s resolutions spring from the misguided desires of the ego, senses, and conditioning.

They almost always fail because they start from the assumption that who we are is not good enough and reinforce the mistaken belief that our happiness depends on acquiring what we want.
I'm just doing poses for physical health.
The yoga tradition offers a refreshing alternative to the New Year’s resolution: the practice of sankalpa or "resolve."

A sankalpa practice starts from the radical premise that we already are who we need to be to fulfill our life’s dharma [obligation, social duty]. All we need to do is focus our mind, connect to our most heartfelt desires, and channel the... More

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