i’ve been a yoga practitioner for a decade and a half. long before and throughout those years i’ve taken a journey to find myself and to free myself. spiritual books, knowledge of religions, meditation practices, daily life experiences. in a very real way, i’m coming full circle, back to the beginning. simplicity, less rather than more, being present instead of worrying about what the future holds.
during the first few years of yoga practice, i considered myself a quasi-buddhist. don’t ask me what that means. what i can say is that before then, i was a born again christian. not the preachy kind, just the want to love the whole universe kind. like jesus. nowhere even close to him, but wanting to emulate all he stood for.
so buddhism was a change in mindset and lifestyle. before christianity i was a big pain in the ass. and jesus showed me the way out of peoples way. as my investigations led me to buddhism it also brought asian culture, design, art, language and beauty. the beauty all around and the beauty of life. and new ways of getting out of my own way. in all things, moderation. in all things, intention. in all things, compassion.
buddhism led to hinduism led to yoga led to peace of mind. during that quasi-buddhist mode, i ended each yoga practice with a mantra. after some time, it disappeared from my practice. now it’s back and has more meaning than ever before.
i take refuge in the buddha, dharma and sangha. . .namaste
i take refuge in the buddha . . ., with my hands in prayer touching my third eye, knowing that the knowledge i’ve found and my experiences in this life have brought me to insight, intuition and wisdom.
. . . in the dharma, the teachings of the buddha, with my hands touching my lips and throat, that have given me the tools to speak in love from a place of compassion without anger, resentment or fear.
. . . and the sangha, with my hands touching my heart center, opening to the community around me of like minded and struggling individuals such as myself, that i might love them and share the joy i’ve found.
and i thank my yoga teacher, with my hands near the crown chakra, and all those who have helped and are helping me along my journey
and i bow, in deepest reverence, as we say “namaste” which means ‘my soul bows to your soul.’