On Spaciousness

In Light of Merton 

At the very center of our being is a great spaciousness that is untouched by sin and illusion.

A point of pure truth which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our mind or the brutalities of our will.

It’s like a pure diamond – blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It’s in everybody.

And if we could only see it and integrate it – we would radiate a peace that would make all the darkness and all the cruelty vanish forever.

 

– Joe Z.

Friends

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Just as kusha grass wrapped around rotting fish will soon begin to smell the same,
A person who associates with bad friends, in time, will certainly come to resemble them.

Shun unvirtuous friends who have bad characters, cynical outlooks, and prejudice,
Believe their own view to be the best, are boastful, and disparage others.

~The Treasury of Knowledge, Buddhist Ethics

The Strength of Peace

Yoga gives firmness of body, clarity of intelligence, cleanness of heart. That is peace, and by looking at that peace, others will learn. Cultivate that supreme strength of peace, joy and delight. Then others, seeing the joy in you, will say, ‘I want to enjoy too.’ You are a true helper of society when the pupil comes to you, instead of you going to him. Then it is a pure teaching and a pure message.

~B.K.S. Iyengar from The Tree of Yoga

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Yogic Transformation

Yoga is not meant to serve as an escape from your life. If anything, it is an invitation to dive deeper; to get really up close and personal with all your flaws, your habits, your beliefs, your issues, your current life circumstances, and ask yourself: is this really working for me? If the answer is no, yoga will give you the courage to get really honest with yourself and change what isn’t working. It probably won’t be easy, it definitely won’t be pretty, but will it be worth it? Hell. Yes.

There is no greater or more miraculous mode of transformation that the one that comes from deep within the very core of your being. This small voice may start as a quiet, nagging whisper, but over time, and with consistent, dedicated practice, it will manifest itself into a deafening roar so loud that you have no choice but to listen, to challenge yourself, to change, and eventually find true freedom.

~Abby

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