One of The Center’s yoga teachers shared an incredible piece of inspiration for me and I want to share it with you, especially since I have been talking about the simplicity of meditating in order to move beyond the human problem of resisting needed change in our lives.
“This life will go by fast.
“Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much.
“Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep your happiness.
“Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.
“Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, us it to go out with yourself; wear out you favorite sport shoos; repeat your favorite clothes.
“So what? That’s not bad. Why not now. Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas, for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look….
“Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accoumplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.
“So, take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen,” says Pope Francis.
May Pope Francis’ words help all of us know more deeply the main focus of yoga—abhyasa and vairagya—practice and detachment, for the spiritual truth of life is one and the same for all religious or spiritual traditions. We all must learn to surrender to the divine.