Happiness Shared

Be Well Be Happy

My intention each time I sit down to write this column is to help people become whole and healthy. The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. This week’s column is about what I love to do and how it makes me feel every day, even on dark, cloudy days. Maybe some of you have this same experience and others could use some prodding to enhance your life’s experiences. I have found my source and will share this magic with everyone I meet. There is no doubt in my mind this is where I am meant to be. This is my path and it makes me a better person to be around, for the most part! I am not perfect in any way or form, nor do I strive for perfection but rather happiness and good health. If a time comes in my life when I am not in good health, I hope I will use the tools I have learned in my practice of yoga. 

Heaven is a virtue that is within me. For me, yoga is a very spiritual practice, shifting something inside me and I feel the energy breathing in my body. My mind becomes quiet and I truly let go of the chatter, noise, the constant activity of life itself. I do believe and have always believed there is something much greater than myself. From the moment I started practicing yoga, I felt the spiritual connection. It was not an easy practice for me because I was physically very tight and contracted from swimming and running. Yes, I went to yoga to lengthen my muscles but really it was the special euphoric feeling when relaxing in savasana that kept me coming back to my mat. 

Something had stirred inside me and I knew this was a practice I wanted to invite into my life’s journey. It would require me to drop my ego and competitive nature. Many years of practice would teach me to expect nothing and stop judging, good or bad. It would mean dedication to a practice that would make me feel whole and complete. I would come home to myself and connect easily to my source.

Yoga is said to be a journey onto yourself and higher self. It is guided by the breath and brings awareness to every cell, neuron, muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, etc. You feel everything and begin to notice things you never would have taken the time to feel. There are many different practices of yoga. Some are intense vinyasa flows, others are gentle stretching, while others are restorative using props to support the body, and then there is the yin practice that allows you time to go deep, opening the fascia and connective tissue.

Many roads, but the same destination. The real practice makes you feel whole and complete. It brings out the best of you and leaves behind what doesn’t serve you.

I hope each and every one who reads this column has the same peace and calm that I feel in my heart. One of our teachers, Alex, read a quote from the Buddha today, “Thousands of candles can be lightened from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

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