Turning Om

We are all waves in one beautiful ocean-

Quick note before we start this amazing week:

I had the pleasure this past Saturday to practice and study with Rolf Sovik, PsyD (president and spiritual director of the Himalayan Institute) at the Omaha Healing Arts Center. I would like to thank the staff and fellow students for what turned out to be a truly inspiring event, Thank you!

Events like the one I attended this weekend are truly magical and over the course of the next few posts, I am going to share what I learned with you, my Dear Readers. There really is only one place to start

The Yoga Sutra, in the most simple explanation possible, is a “how to” guide of Yoga. How to be “In the world, but not of the world” … Another Dude back in the day uttered these profound words: Jesus of Nazareth. The Yoga Sutra is a guide to Action.

The complementary opposite of balance, is chaos. While there are many “things” in life which we have no direct control of: Your favorite sports team, whether it will rain on race day, the last Snickers bar getting stuck in the vending machine  When we are afforded the ability to impose ourselves upon a situation, this “situation” we are creating is dictated and directly impacted by each choice we make.

In considering our choices and their consequences, we can choose to eschew chaos and instead – seek balance. We engage in this beautiful process every time we step on our mats to practice, by carefully considering not only the choices that we are about to make, but the consequences of these choices, and recognizing that at the core of everything moving forward is Action.

Daily Meditation:

To Act or not to Act? At the end of the day, it is you alone who both creates and engenders the circumstances of your life.

I had a bad feeling when that silly Snickers bar started to drop

CultFit Storm

10 Comments on “Turning Om”

  1. mariavlong says:

    Some people say (I sound like Fox News!) that Jesus must have been a Yogi.I also have always been drawn to a mental picture of both Arjuna and Jesus contemplating their futures, one in the desert and the other in the plains of Kuru. But you are hearing this from someone who thinks some numbers are male and others female..

    • CultFit says:

      I rushed home this afternoon because your thoughtful comment reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a good friend.
      To paraphrase “…It is very possible for people of various religions to still find the Buddha’s teachings inspirational … By expanding your love to include all beings.”
      There is a lot of truth in these words. 🙂
      I have a few posts coming up on the Bhagavad Gita … I would love to get some feedback from you. Until then, take care!

  2. colgore says:

    Awesome insight. One of the reasons I love yoga so much is because you can translate everything you learn on your mat into real life lessons. “At the end of the day, it is you alone who both creates and engenders the circumstances of your life.” Beautiful (and true) line.

    • CultFit says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words my friend! There are quite a few posts I have in work discussing the Sutras and Bhagavad Gita – I strive to make these profound works easily digestible to simple people like me. 🙂 I hope you stick around, feel free to kick your feet up and hang out awhile…

  3. Maia says:

    =) big smile here…
    Of all the Sutras, I am especially fond of 1.2 – yogas citta-vritti nirodhah… we chanted this a lot, almost everyday during teacher training. And perhaps it’s the surrealism of the meditation with the chanting… but the meaning of this sutra is what I struggled the most during that time… maybe even now, haha…
    I sooo fell in love with my Sutras book, now near tattered. It’s that kind of book that when you open it on any page, is exactly what you needed to be reminded of at that moment.

    Happy you had a blast there! =)

  4. Gede Prama says:

    Thank you… @ ^_^
    kindness blossoms in your heart

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