One of the most valuable lessons that I’ve learned is that I am not what I think. So many of us believe that our mind is the most powerful tool that we have to function in the world.
Did you know that our intuition is developed before our brain is? Our intuition is never wrong, when we start tuning in to what it has to say to us. Many of the those I have worked with have trouble with that. It takes practice to hesitate, take a breath and sink into our intuition. Our minds will always start chattering to ignore that interception and listen to it instead. The mind is like a petulant child that wants more attention and will continue screaming until they receive it.
“The mind is a bad neighborhood. Stay out of it!”
from the Big Book of AA
Meanwhile the intuition is silently waiting for our attention. The source of most of our thoughts is rubbish. The mind feeds on our fears, our cravings, and our desires. When we continue to feed it, by letting our thinking process lead us by our nose to more complications in our lives, we waste precious time which could be used to ask our intuition what course we should take when we are pressed to make a choice.
In summary, before a decision is made, just take a breath, and feel yourself sinking into your diaphragm where intuition lies waiting for your question. Ask, and there is the answer. Maybe not the one you want, but in the long run, the perfectly crafted, very personal, answer that will benefit you.
John Shinavier, MA, RYT, Life Coach
Like the above picture of the large statue of Lord Siva, that was swept from its temple high in the Himalayas after an unusually large spring melt at the source of the Ganges River in India, if one practices yoga on a daily basis with meditation, they reap over time a solid base of mystical personal experiences that no matter how the world swirls around them, they remain like Siva, impassive in ever changing surroundings.
So, it looks to me that Lord Siva got tired of his temple and decided that he wanted more of the Mother Ganges around him. Symbolically, it’s a perfect picture of what is known in India as Siva/Shakti (male/female). Siva, with his great heart and devotion to the Mother, holds her fiery Shakti (energy), as She flows around Him.
For those who are seekers looking for a spiritual path that is outside the boundaries of most religions here in the West, some will be attracted to the movements of Yoga with its graceful transitions and challenging asanas. Yoga, if done as part of a spiritual practice will, in time reveal to the student who their Beloved is, If they don’t know already, and bring them closer if they do.
By going inside one’s self through meditation and yoga, one becomes strong in body and subsequently can hold the spiritual energy that awakens in their spine. This experience awakens their memory to their link to the Divine. The journey is long but is so worth it.
Swami Laxman Das Jaya
aka John Shinavier
Shares his guru and Her “Kali Natha Yoga” every Saturday at 3 pm for 90 minutes at: 4870 W. Adams, 90016
4870 west Adams Blvd Unit B. (Dharma Yoga) Call 310-402-3130 for more info.