Week 32.1 (August 9th-August 15th)
Maybe it is TIME for a BIGGER POT
“In your practice tonight ask yourself, have I learned something new today? Knowledge of others begins with knowledge of self. In understanding your darkness, you can better compassionately deal with the darkness you will encounter in others. In the Yoga Sutras, the 4th Niyama Svādhyāya, reminds us as yogis to always have a thirst for knowledge. As your consciousness expands, so does your reality. Just as a rising tide in a lagoon, lifts all the boats, as we gain a better understanding of ourselves and our universe and we then share that knowledge; collectively, ignorance disappears; we awaken and raise the vibration on the planet. Finally one day we will understand that we all belong to one another and it will longer make sense to cause harm to others or to our beloved planet.
I love to garden. I have experimented and found that a plant can grow only as big as the pot it is planted in allows it to grow. I read in a study that biologists found that doubling a plant pot size makes plants grow over 40 percent larger. In our lives we are also limited in our ability to grow consciously, by the limited boundaries of our minds perception of reality. What reality is your mind projecting based on its limited perceptions.
Use your practice tonight as a tool to break through those boundaries of ignorance as you gain a better understanding and knowledge of yourself. If you always remain hungry to learn something new each day, your mind, like an opening lotus flower, will continue to expand and blossom like the universe.” – David Scott
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” — Chinese proverb
There are hidden lessons in every struggle. In your practice tonight listen for the lesson.
“In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go.” – Pema Chodron
“One of the greatest impurities of man is a lack of knowledge of self.” – Dharma Mitra
“The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.” – B.K.S Iyengar
“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” – Rumi
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot
Remain low and humble like the ocean… Allow the rivers and streams to flow to you.
“All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them.” The Lao Tzu
Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up. …
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. – …
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
Yoga teaches us to create a life that feels good on the inside and not just the outside.
“Real people are never perfect, and perfect people are never real.”
“As long as you search for the Buddha in others, you will never find it within yourself.” – David Scott
“Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself.”
Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. You are like that too. You are so beautiful but you just cant see it.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned”. –Buddha.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”. –Mark Twain.
“Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind”. –Robert Green Ingersoll
“Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath”. –Thich Nhat Hanh
Maybe tonight give yourself permission to forgive someone. Maybe not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve the freedom.
“She did not know the weight, until she felt the freedom.” Scarlet Letter
Don’t go where there is path, make your own path and instead leave a trail
When you are looking in the mirror, you are looking at the problem. But, remember, you are also looking at the solution.
You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. Quality of life is determined by our health.
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for empathy, your hands for helping others, your mind for truth, and your heart for compassionate love.” – David Scott
“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things from our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, you are the brave survivor that continues moving forward in spite of them.” David Scott
“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin
The Clown Prayer:
As I stumble through this life,
help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more happiness than gloom,
spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent,
that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child,
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people,
make them happy, and forget momentarily,
all the unpleasantness in their lives.
And in my final moment,
may I hear You whisper:
“When you made My people smile,
you made Me smile.”