I got an email sent to me a couple days ago from an Integral Yoga Teacher’s Association in which I belong to. I usually skim over these emails or save them with the intention of reading them later but often end up failing to do so, which is terrible because they always offer wonderful words of wisdom. I decided to open up this past newsletter and make myself slow down and take the time to read it. Many of the emails actually often include reminders to slow down and enjoy life, which is something me and pretty much everyone can and should make a conscious effort to do more than every once in awhile. Anyways, I’m really glad I took the time to read this particular email in whole. It really resonated with me. I thought I’d share what it had to say with all of you. A little food for thought for your day/week/life.
Dedicate Your Entire Life
“Selfishness is the cause of all worries and anxieties. The minute
you raise above selfishness, the minute you learn to dedicate your
entire life, you will be peaceful and happy. When the mind is healthy,
the body should be healthy. There’s nothing to disturb the body.
Every cell in the body, every gland in the body reacts to your
thinking, remember that. If the mind is calm and clean, you are
healthy in every way. As the mind, so the body: a sound mind in a
sound body. That is why I say, if you want to call yourself a yogi,
see that your life is completely selfless, free from all kinds of
personal motives and attachments. Free yourself, liberate yourself
from that bondage.
“God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”
-Sri Swami Satchidananda, Integral Yoga
What this has to say is incredibly true. If you free your mind from worries, anxiety, and tension, you allow your body to work at its optimum state. Your body can function at it’s best, while your mind rests at peace. Example (this will be geared towards foodies): You overeat one day. Your mind is racing with guilty thoughts. Even if your body wouldn’t be feeling the results of the overeating, your mind is making it feel the results. Your mind is also placing stress on the body. A stressful mind increases the chances of becoming sick, thus resulting in an unhealthy body.
This example could be continued, and there are a million other examples that could be related to this. Maybe think of one that’s happening in our own life? Serve others and you will not only make others happy, but you will find natural happiness within yourself. Live, serve, and be free…the keys to a happy life.