TAPAS: SHOWING UP FOR YOUR LIFE
So TAPAS helps us to be awake to our lives and articulate our intentions. In practice the determination to hold true to our dreams or visions for ourselves is Tapas in yoga. It is like this poem below:
"Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be."
So today challenge yourself to show up. Whether this means showing up for yoga class or just showing up for what makes you excited about your life. What is your vision for your life? Not just the idea but what can you resolve to make happen, to be with day after day until you see the fruition of your dream. Leonardo Da Vinci once said, "A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard."
Ask yourself: If he would paint your portrait would DaVinci see that fire in your eyes?
Resolve starting now to find the inner strength and quiet determination to hold true to your biggest dreams. Big Love! Silvia
"Let no doubt into your dreams and intentions. The dreamers are the saviors of the world. Be one of those dreamers." (Dr Wayne Dyer)
SIMPLE BUT AMAZING: Using this as life philosophy, in Italian "l'arte d'arrangiarsi")
JUNE 18, 2009:
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo DaVinci
This way of living complicates our lives instead of making them easier because we lose our center. The multitasking dumbs us down.
So today try to simplify the practice by choosing just one thing to focus on. Let your breath be that ever most simple thread that connects one moment to the next but can only ever be enjoyed singly at a time. Befriend the breath to let go of the complexities of your life and hone in to the core of who you are.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. ~E.F. Schumacker
More than anything I hope this practice helps you simply the monkey mind that up and down all over sort of feeling so you can savor just the richness of each moment individually. May you find the ease life is waiting for you. Try it this week: eat simply, live simply, dress simply. Love the day, Silvia
Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. ~D.H. Mondfleur