“I may believe life gives me abundant opportunities to fail and succeed. In reality, there is no failure. When things don’t go as planned, I learn and move on. Taking chances is part of being a good student of life. I accept life on life’s terms and succeed in everything I do.
My positive attitude gives me confidence to try new things. I make decisions by tapping into both worldly knowledge and divine guidance. I pray, meditate, and journal. I may hear God’s voice while walking, in the shower, or while gardening. I plan my day to have this important time to listen.
The wisdom of God continually directs me. I know what to do and when to do it, as I am guided by Spirit in all that I do.”
Hey! I love your blog! I was just wondering though, since you’re called the lazy yogi, do you practice the eight limbs of yoga? I’m curious because I never see you post anything about straight up yoga per se, just other similar spiritual practices.
While I generally refrain from using sanskrit terminology, here are a few things from the eight limbs that I address regularly:
Pratyahara – This is the movement of detachment, when the mind dislodges from the senses and turns inwards.
Dharana – This is the necessary practice of concentration that precedes meditation.
Dhyana – This is meditation, and the meditation technique that I practice and encourage is called “jangama dhyana,” which means meditation on eternal existence.
Samadhi – This is the bliss associated with realization and deep meditation.
However, I do not prescribe moral attitudes and virtuous behaviors and so do not include much of the yama and niyama limbs. My yogic influences are primarily tantric and focus on the most expedient path to enlightenment.
The eight limbs of yoga are derived from the yoga sutras of Patanjali, which scholars believe date back to somewhere around 400 CE. Patanjali systematized a few yogic traditions into what is now commonly regarded as yoga. However, talking about “yoga” as a singular tradition is like talking about “hinduism” as a singular religion.
So while I do not post the sort of stuff one might generally associate with the tradition of yoga as it is largely known now, the majority of my influences are in fact yogic. This is unavoidable, as my guru is a yogi. 😛
As for my name, I call myself yogi because there really isn’t a western equivalent for the word, which has the general connotation of a seeker of union or realization of union. And I call myself lazy because I do not buy into running hither and thither seeking this and trying not to miss out on that, etc.
Eternity is around us, eternity is within us. Sit, be still, and Know. Everything else is just commentary.
Namaste my friend 🙂
“Sometimes letting things go is a far greater act of power than defending or hanging on.”
“You are here. However you imagine yourself to be, you are here. Imagine yourself as a body, you are here. Imagine yourself as God, you are here. Imagine yourself as worthless, superior, nothing at all, you are still here. My suggestion is that you stop all imagining, here.”
“The false-voice is a master doubt-whisperer. The false voice is a world-class liar with one mission; to show you your brief moments of fragility and persuade you that you are forever weak.”
“If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.”
Hsin Hsin Ming
“Examine the nature of hatred, you will find that it is no more than a thought. When you see it as it is, it will dissolve like a cloud in the sky.”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche