HAPPINESS SELF-STUDY (SVADHYAYA)
AUGUST 12TH, 2009:
How do you know if you are happy? And if happy what makes you happy? When’s the last time you had a conversation with a friend or family member about happiness? Hmmm, I know interesting huh?
In Yoga the practice of self-study is known as Svadhyaya it is one of the Niyamas or fundamental philosophical tenants of the practice. How this applies as we breath and move is through the relationship we have with each pose. Just like we can observe how we relate to people in our lives (past and present) because every relationship has a purpose. All of this to help us better feel our TRUTH so that when chaos surrounds us we are able to remain grounded
HAPPINESS IS THE WILLINGNESS TO CHOOSE THE TRUTH
I have a lot of books on happiness, my newest one I love is “Be Happy” by Robert Holden. So during the course of the practice today I offered for your contemplation questions related to Happiness and our Mothering/Fathering Influences. The right side is the solar or masculine side, the left side of us is the feminine or lunar. So we played this out between right, left all in a practice to arrive better to the TRUTH of our center and learn more about ourselves.
So think about this:
· Your relationship to happiness is influenced greatly by your family’s story about happiness
· Your family story is about how your family expresses its joy
· What is your mother’s definition of happiness? What is your fathers definition of happiness
· How does your mother’s definition of happiness influence your life? How does your fathering influence impact your life?
· When is your father happiest?
· When is your mother happiest?
· Growing up what did your mom (or mothering influence) teach you about happiness?
· What did your father teach you about happiness?
· Who is the happiest member of your family?
· Who is the unhappiest member of your family?
I hold dear this from Robert Holden, “The joy of relationship is found in deep acceptance, in unconditional love, in really seeing each other, in valuing each other, in offering mutual support, in showing appreciation, and in giving trust. Happiness is found in loving the truth in people.” Observe your TRUTH and you change your life. Love the day, the night, your life, yourself! Silvia
SATYA GRAHA - HOLDING ON TO TRUTH
JULY 19TH, 2008: “Satya” is the Sanskrit word for “Truth.” The word “Graha” means “holding to.” Satya Graha, commonly translated as “Truth Force,” is the name that Mahatma Gandhi gave to his movement of social change through nonviolence. In class today we focused on the muscular action of Hugging In (or holding on to) so that we might feel more grounded in the Truth of our own experience.
We are surrounded today more than ever with the gratification of dishonesty. We see folks on TV rewarded with money and prizes for being the most adept at lying. This will change us as a society if we let it. So we dedicate our yoga practice to TRUTH, Satya. This means truth in our bodies - recognizing what they most need today, observing the truth of our breath (what does it reveal about how you are really feeling, not how you are pretending to feel), and ultimately the truth of our hearts and minds.
The yoga is always transportable so the we apply this self-awareness to all the choices we make: in how we eat, what we buy, who we spend time with. This is how we LIVE our truth. And it is not always that easy to "hold onto" as the truth of of our own intentions. So join me, take off the masks you might wear, see yourself as the amazing, gifted person you are and let the yoga of holding on to your Truth help you be MORE YOURSELF! As Neem Karoli Baba says "Love everyone and tell the truth." Jai! Silvia