by Randall Buskirk
A fantastic book, now 15 years old, I keep coming back to and gaining new insight and inspiration from is Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, by Erich Schiffmann. It’s written in a very warm, nontechnical, informal, voice, as if you are in a conversation with an old friend or favorite uncle. Not only is it a great guide to a practice that might at first seem foreign, ancient and irrelevent, not only does it reveal that practice to be as simple as here and now, as getting up in the morning and going to bed at night, but because it is written from inside the practice, it gives a feeling of what it is like to actually do yoga. Just reading the book somehow gives you an experience of stretching yourself, as if you are already moving into that place of stillness. Go to this link to read chapters or purchase the book: http://www.movingintostillness.com/teachings.html
Here are some nice quotes, from near the beginning and near the end of the book. In between lies a lifetime of exploration:
“The quality of your yoga, and of your life, depends solely on how interested you are in the doing of it. Interest unleashes the energy of passion, and passion expresses itself as quality.” p.54.
“Sense yourself deeply, pay attention to your own unique feeling-tone, and allow the inner feeling to guide, direct, and advise you about your actions, words, and thoughts. Pursue that which feels right, attracts you. Do the things you like to do. Honor your deepest feelings and live the life that fulfills you and makes you happy.
“The more you do this, the more refined your attractions will become. They will self-correct and change, and what used to attract you may no longer do so. One thing is certain, however. Your individual attractions and desires will come into alignment with those of the whole. What is best for you is best for the universe, and vice versa–and what is best for you is what makes you happy.
“Your happiness and the universe’s happiness are one and the same. This is important. It’s true because you and the universe are one. You are not a separate entity somehow disconnected from the All. Herein lies the key to the whole thing: The universe is already happy! God is already happy! Consciousness is Happiness!” p.344.
You might want to write that quote out for yourself and feel the power that flows through you as you do so. Namaste.