Bhagavad Gita 3.21: “Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.”
A leader cannot tell people not to smoke if the leader themselves smoke.
Acting on beliefs makes someone great and memorable, it is when one’s ideas are manifested into reality through their actions that the person steps into a leadership role.
Are we wolves or sheep? Taking responsibility empowers you, whereas accepting that you are a product of your society or environment robs you of your power. You are a leader. Every person you interact with is influenced by your decisions, so act great. Be great. And others will be inspired to follow.
Horses have a lot to teach meditation practioners. Main take-away lesson is to live simply, you get further with less. All you need is the ground beneath you, clean air to breathe, the remembrance that each one of us is taken care of, and the will to practice consistently.
Now that’s what I call work. Whatever you do, do it with love. If you’re not doing it with love then ask yourself ‘what is the main energy that is being shared with what I do?’ I went to art school and then yoga teacher trainings because I had to do what I love to do so that resentment wasn’t the main energy infused in my work, which it had been when I tried barista and host positions. Finding the service to offer that opens your heart to wanting to give more is the recipe for a meaningful and contented life. If you live for the weekend, of for 5PM to roll around, what energy is going into the work you’re doing?
The world is an external manifestation of what is inside. What we see is a perception through the lens we created through thoughts, ideas, and values. We can choose to see the divine behind everything or not. The results of that decision is either to feel entirely supported or completely alone.
Why don’t we choose to live simply in the support of the Highest? The horse above, and your pets and all the wildlife, are not bound to the dramatic news everyday, and even if they are feeling the effects of climate chaos, they don’t choose to suffer over it, but rather embrace and respond to each present moment.
I challenge you to stand where your feet are. To exist just in awareness for a few minutes, or many, each day. Allow whatever is there to be there with an acceptance as if the experience, whether pleasant or not, is a gift to pull you closer to your Source. Yoga is this connection to the Source.
This is what I practice while working with horses. Each act is an attempt to pull the horse into a deeper and more trusting relationship with me, whether the act is rewarding good behavior or redirecting something a little less desirable. I aspire to learn from horses the humbleness of collaborating with what horses consider predators and the ability to not take offense at those less-desired behaviors, because horses, like all beings, only do what they think they have to do to survive.
You know how Genesis says God gave humanity dominion over the earth? I read in Igniting a Revolution that most of us misinterpreted that to mean we can use or abuse the land and animals however we deem most efficient, when in fact God used the word ‘dominion’ to actually mean ‘keep’ Earth as a gardener keeps their garden or has dominion of the garden. When we treat the myriad of miracles the divine gave us with respect, compassion, love, and protection, we act in gratitude and in accordance with how God intended for us to treat the Earth that he hired us as caretakers of. The way a gardener lovingly cares for each plant is the intention behind setting us up as caretakers. Through loving service to all of creation we serve the divine, our Source, the Source each meal, each breath, and we really begin to understand what yoga, or communion with the divine, is.
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“Suppose there is an evil: denouncing it will not remove it, but you must go to work at the root. First, find out the cause, then remove it, and the effect will be removed also. Mere outcry will not produce any result, unless indeed it produces misfortune.
There are others who have sympathy in their hearts and who understand the idea that we must go deep into the cause. These are the great saints. One fact you must remember: all the great teachers of the world have declared that they came not to destroy but to fulfil…
We must direct our energies towards the truth, and fulfil the truth that exists, not try to make new truths.
He who sees in this world of manifoldness that One running through all; in this world of death, he who finds that one infinite Life; and in this world of in sentience and ignorance, he who finds one Light and Knowledge – unto him belongs eternal peace, unto none else, unto none else.”
(Swami Vivekenanda: Jnana-Yoga).