Monday, September 21, 2009

Simple Steps: #7 Discipline

Welcome back to Simple Steps, a practical guide to the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

The third of the niyamas, or personal observances, is tapas, the disciplined use of your energy.

Behind the notion of tapas lies the idea that we can direct our energy to enthusiastically engage life and achieve our ultimate goal of creating union with the Divine.

Literally meaning "to heat the body," tapas helps us burn up all the desires that stand in the way of our goal!

Isn't this a good thing?

Todays Simple Step

Pay attention to what you eat today. Burn up the desire for anything that is not your ultimate healthy fuel.

Observe your body posture and stand tall!

Notice if you're breathing deep and full in all circumstances today.

Today find ONE important area of your life where your discipline has been flagging and reup your committment!

This is your Simple Step.

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Till next time,


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