A friend recently sent me the following quote from the Dalai Lama:
"Take care of your thoughts for they become your words.
Take care of your words for they become your actions.
Take care of your actions for they become your habits.
Take care of your habits for they become your character.
Take care of your character for it becomes your destiny.
Take care of your destiny for it becomes your life.
There is no higher religion than the truth."
This quote came at a very timely moment for me. The bottom line is that you cannot twist the truth. The very nature of being human is maintenance. I need to check my thoughts, habits and actions on a daily basis so that I am able to truly guide my life. Yes, there are meant-to-be's in life, yet many things are within our scope of choice. Returning to a daily practice is what helps to keep my decisions aligned with what I claim.
This time of year, with the change of seasons, reminds us to begin anew. It's clean-up time. With yoga, we check our thoughts and pause before speaking. We take correct action, despite conflicting desires, and we focus on self-care with healthy habits. The foods we eat, the physical exercises and whatever emotional work we may be doing, as well as our actions of service help us to guide our lives gently towards an overarching love of humanity. One tiny action towards loving others can, in fact, be loving yourself.
Yoga incorporates twists to wring out the toxins from the internal organs, improve our ability to assimilate (truths) and digest what we know. Take the time for self-care today with a twist. Instead of twisting the truth to match your desires, try twisting your body!
Add a Reclining Twist for a gentle way to begin and end your practice.
Have a wonderful day.