Yoga is being in harmony with virtue. When we live a virtuous
life we most fully live a yogic life of harmony.
We see physical beauty as all parts gracefully aligned, eliciting feelings of peacefulness and ease. We are aware of inner beauty when a person manifests lovingness and harmlessness, their actions blending into the creation as one of the parts and part of the One.
People of inner beauty bring out the best in us because we feel easy in their company. We recognize beauty because we start feeling good ourselves. The beauty of nature and people living in tune with natural harmony allows us to sink into our own space of thinking and acting beautifully. It's catching.
More beauty comes into our life by creating an uplifting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual environment. For example: keeping surroundings clean and orderly; eating a balanced diet; bathing and exercising regularly; spending time in meditation.
Through meditation and self-analysis we discover the soul's existence; that self-sustained part of us that is watching the whole process of living from its joyful state. By keeping clean, clear, and in harmony we become aware of ourselves, no matter what our roles in life, as beautiful vibrant beings.
The silver thread that weaves its way through life's journey is our own outlook, realization of being the peace, being the love. What we seek out in the world is what we already are in the home of our soul. We are the joy, the peace, the love. They are part of the makeup of us just as surely as we could ever imagine. But we have been imagining they are outside in the world, instead of realizing they are in the home of our heart.
If feeling uneasy about the possible outcome of an action, then work out an alternate plan. We have our intelligence, and we need to use it in planning how to best resolve the situations we are faced with in life.
When uncertain about the right course of action, we can first calm the mind by doing some even breathing such as one count to breathe in; one count to breathe out; one count to breathe in and continuing this rhythmic pattern.
body and mind are calm the right course of action comes to mind
The best resolve is always there, but our self-serving thoughts keep us from seeing clearly to the underlying issues of the problem. The best answer is concealed from us by our own inner turbulence. By meditating every day we can get a consistently clear view of the probable outcome of an action.
The great experiment, the ultimate goal of our existence is to find that the qualities that we seek to make us happy are actually an integral part of our existence. And, the way to find these qualities within ourselves is through practice: practice in being kind and caring, practicing meditation, practicing holding positive and unselfish attitudes. After practicing we will once again realign with the peace and joy within.
Having discovered, uncovered, activated
Our inner place of peace and joy
We can really enjoy our worldwide family
Most warmly, most fully.
Article copyright 2011 Susan Helene Kramer; photo of statue in the garden at the Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands by S.H.Kramer. I see the statue as representing balance in the world, with the staff of right direction in the right hand and the earth globe as practical application balanced in the left hand. Both qualities necessary for harmonious living.
Copyright 2002-2011 Susan Helene Kramer
Page updated November 30, 2011