ont hHis Holiness Teczin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, said, " We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves." When conflict comes into your day and disturbs your peace, know that those moments will pass into impermanence. Bad behavior is a temporary action, Experiencing it from others requires tolerance and patience. The challenge is to become the peaceful warrior who wisely does not build a permanent construction out of something impermanent.
1. Come to a peaceful warrior pose, one of the most graceful of all yoga poses. The left hand rests on the left thigh as the right hand stretches upward as if reaching for the sun like a mighty warrior.
2. Breath out. With tenderness and gentleness. Press into your feet into the ground as you push your pelvis down and hold the posture as would a peaceful warrior. Smile with sincerity. Continue breathing in and breathing out. In awe of the peace and the power.
3. Take a breath in and as you breath out come to Warrior Two. Step up to Mountian pose and breathe. now repeat on the other side.
4. Release any tension the body is holding on your exhale. Feel the balance, fee the strength. Notice the stamina and balance in your body. Feel how strong yet peaceful each part of your body has become.
5. Realize that this it the peaceful strength embraced all the Shaolin warriors.
Nature speaks directly to the senses~drawing you outward and inward at the same time and fostering a deep, abiding sense that the earth (which some see as a living entity) is due our respect, gratitude, protection, and enduring friendship. Meditate on ways you might honor and befriend the earth.
1. Find a comfortable seat preferably in nature. Align yourself with the natural world, and be fully aware and present to it.
2. Feel open, serene, and relaxed as your senses soak up the setting.
3. Let your awareness take in the sounds, scent and sensations, but don't get caught up in them. Instead allow your senses to anchor you into being fully attentive and present.
4. Sense the interconnectedness between you and your setting, earth.
5. Observe how sharp your senses become as you sit in mindful awareness.
6. Allow nature to buoy and nourish your spirit as you sink into the rapture of inner quietude.
7. Feel at one with all in your natural setting.
8. Expand your consciousness to include a sense of oneness with all of nature and the universe.
9. Feel humbled, inspired, and grateful to your friend, the earth.
Inspired by Meera lester
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody. As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.
Today I call it RESPECT.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it MATURITY.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.
Today I call it SIMPLICITY.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT.
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.
Today I know that this LIFE.