Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Simple Steps: #10 Celebration of the Spiritual

This ongoing series of posts is an expression of the breath and depth of the Eight Limbs of Yoga as a practical system for daily living. For me, taken as a whole and interpreted broadly, there is no more comprehensive system for personal growth and enlightenment in exisence. This is because mind, body, spirit and emotion are all represented and integrated.

Yo-ki-bics is a practical representation of the actions one might take that demonstrate the integration of the eight limbs. The system does not seek to exclude, but to include...I speak not of dogma but of practice!

In yoga, isvarapranidhana is another of the niyama personal observances that means "to lay all your actions at the feet of God."

It is the recognition that the spiritual suffuses everything, and through our attention and care we can attune ourselves with our role as part of the Creator.

Todays Simple Step

Set aside some time today to recognize the omnipresent force that feels like a guiding light in your own life, and notice the form it takes.

Do the thing that represents your own spiritual practice...do it wholeheartedly today.

Invite the simple pleasure of communicating with the various forms of life that surround you: animals, birds, trees, flowers...

Be generous today in some anonymous way and do what you do in God's name.

Release the need for your ego to take credit for your good deed...BE the spirit of your actions instead!

This is your Simple Step.

Till next time...

Photo credit: "The Womb of the Mother" from our trip inside Mammoth Cave by Bob Alba

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