Peaceful Yoga by Sarah
Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.

The yoga sutras of Patanjali

2/09/2009  LOVE

Love has no obligations
Love has no resistance
Love has no expectations
Love is based on respect
Love is ruthless; it doesn't feel sorry for anyone
but it does have COMPASSION
Love is completely responsible
Love is always kind
Love is generous

- Inspired by The Mastery of Love - Don MIguel Ruiz

1/28/2010   You are HERE:

       There is a saying;

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why they call it the PRESENT!

     It seems that every time I decide to monitor my mind chatter and what I am emotionally investing in, my thoughts are about everything but what is real and here now.  I am not saying it is wrong to reflect on your past or future in a healthy way.  I am saying that it is important to set aside more time to have a clear perception of the present moment. What does this mean?  Why is presence important, and how do we get there?

     Living in the moment is simpler than you would think.  It is truly being receptive of the present moment.  It is simply being, without our conditional responses, judgments, justifications, or expectations. There are hundreds of millions of bits of sensory stimuli waiting for us each moment of each day but we only perceive about 30,000.  The constant bombardment of our "monkey mind" dictates how and what we see in life.  It blinds us and forces us to only see within the constraints we have created.  Our TRUE SELF is not the same as the thoughts in our minds.  Our minds are full of scandal, they have no shame.  Really!  Think about it. The mind has a tendency to say anything.  It is when we quiet our minds and release any blocks, self actualization can begin.

     When I meditate, the most important work done is giving my attention over to observing my breath.  As thoughts or feelings come up I gently acknowledge them with a simple word (planning, peace, etc.) then, I give myself permission to return to my breath.  How does it feel, sound, look, relate to time, etc.  My friend Karmela said to us once.  "The beauty of focusing on your breath is that you don't have to think to breathe, other wise you would be in trouble yeah?! :) To quiet your mind and be with your breath is to really live here and now.”

     Finally, I think that compassion is really important to note today.  Imagine all of the baggage you could let go of, if you thought about kindness and gratitude for all.  Nobody has to meet anybody's standards not even you.  We should be so grateful just to be here, with each other, in this moment.  Let go… just be!  Let me say that again take a deep breath and LET GO….JUST BE!  Life is beautiful and abundant when we see the Joy and/or Honor that exist in each and every moment.

 "The more time we spend choosing the deep inner-peace circuitry of the right hemispheres of our brains, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be."
-Jill Bolte

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post!

Namaste’ Sarah

12/28/2009          How to Make Waves:

Through constant refining,
my legacy takes form.
With respect for all beings
my influence is born.
I radiate into the present
with peace, love, and gratitude.
Every thought I think,
Every word I speak, and Every deed I do...
I change the world.

10/26/2009           GRACE:

Today focus on Grace by Honoring your practice with an attitude of kindness and gratitude for yourself and others.
The realization of blessings leads to an experience of grace.  Abraham says that gratitude is the wave upon which you receive.  You are living in the  state of grace when you are in harmony with the nature of ultimate reality.  (god, nature, divine, the light, whatever)
So,  take some time in your next meditation to think about what you are grateful for,  and how awesome this perfectly balanced universe  is.

For me,  the hardest part of Grace was  kindness and gratitude for those that I feel have wronged me.  
There is no sense in harboring these feelings or actions.
1. They are draining and only hurting yourself. 
2. Like it or not when you invest into an emotion you invite that experience. 
3. Surrendering to the flow of grace is immensely rewarding.  You perceive reality clearly , and receive energy that is is in line with your intentions.

Without darkness there would be no light,  we are all connected.  I choose to give negative thoughts and feelings over to the power of unconditional love.  When I choose Gratitude and kindness,  peace and joy become a constant in the flow of  my life. 

We are beacons of light with the power of manifestation.  Let your fuel be unconditional  love. This will gracefully enlighten the entirety of our experience.

Enlightenment is Lightening up. - Mike Myers

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.- Blake

Many traditions utilize the Namaste'  mudra and mantra as a path to grace! The light in me recognizes and honors the light in you. This is the same thing as kindness and gratitude! Prayer mudra neutralizes the positive (right or male) and negative (left or female side of the body. It stimulates the mind nerve, which is the only nerve that comes out of the mind. The sonority of the sacred sound 'namaste' is believed to have a quasi-magical value, corresponding to a creative energy change. This transformation is one of aligning oneself in harmony with the vibration of the cosmos itself.

Namaste - The Significance of a Yogic Greeting
Article of the Month - November 2001

These next wonderful  descriptions are complements of

Grace is Gratitude - The word grace comes from the Latin root, "gratia," which means pleasing and is also the root of the word "gratitude." At its heart, grace is gratitude for all that is. Gratitude naturally results when you become aware of the events, processes, and coincidences that must happen to support your life. It is the realization that trillions of cells in your body all coordinate to give you life. Grace is gratitude for our blessings, despite our circumstances. Grace is gratitude for the gift of a blade of grass, the joy of a child, and the existence of the universe.

Grace is Awakening - Grace is awakening to the natural order of the universe. This awakening allows you to understand, appreciate, and accept reality rather than clinging to illusions. When we align with the powers that create the universe, we harness these powers by synergizing with them. Grace is the power you feel when you realize that you are being supported by something beyond your own individuality.