Closing with Gratitude

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newblogWith every ending lies the opportunity for a new beginning. Another week to go and we’ll be bringing in the new year – yogis and non-yogis alike, the fervour for capturing a fresh start with renewed vigour is something we all look forward to. Yet, many of us are attuned to the pattern of abruptly avowing to break existing habits and commit, with a good dose of looming uncertainty, to a new challenge – the resolution for the New Year. I’m not going to convince you to make a resolution. Neither am I going to deter you from committing to one. My invitation takes a slightly different course – one that is more ethereal in substance – an invitation to look upon the past year with a sense of gratitude.

Gratitude is a very integral aspect of our humanness. It is that facet of our being that supersedes our individuality and reaches out to the Oneness of us all. It is a sense of our spiritual identify that allows us to reach for a consciousness just through allowing our awareness to express our gratitude at levels beyond human comprehension. Here – yet not here. Now, yet beyond!

Yogic philosophy adds to this as a expression of awareness from the gross to the subtle realities of our existence – through the koshas and beyond – towards the cosmos and Universal sense of perfection. Gratitude, allows us to acknowledge the past and all its events with the humility that comes from, or befits, an acceptance and contentment with the present. Through gratitude, we are allowed and given the imminent opportunity to go through all the nuances of our humanness and social propriety, and still gracefully navigate the yamas and the niyamas of yoga.

Through gratitude, we express our infinitesimal nothingness, yet, acknowledge our integrity, authenticity and empowered selves to be One with the whole Self of who we are, and who we are destined to BE.

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The principles laid out in Patanjali’s yoga sutras dating back to 500 B.C. are still very relevant today, even in our modern information world. Yoga has evolved a lot from the days of Patanjali; it has taken different forms to meet the varying needs of practitioners all along its journey. Yoga continues to accept all changes, like the ocean accepts the river, absorbs, assimilates and grows. (A distinctive feature of sanaatan dharma of India)

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