we already have everything we need. there is no need for self-improvement. all these trips that we lay on ourselves - the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds - never touch our basic wealth. they are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. but all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. this is who we really are. we are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.
Yoga teaches us, through movement and connection, we become more of who we are and less of who we think we should be…
At the beginning of my classes I always have a moment where I may or may not start with the sound of OM… I usually end with a silent OM of gratitude… but this description of why and where it comes from, made me smile…
Many believe the mantra “Om” to be the sound of the universe. Om is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is an acknowledgment that the universe around us is constantly moving—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts.
Ancient yogis used Om to recognize this never-ceasing movement and seek oneness with the universe. Chanting it is meant to resonate that movement throughout the breath, awareness and energy to reveal a more powerful connection with the universe.