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We are constantly told that we are not good enough

Every day we are fed information that leads us to believe that we are insufficient in some way.

Whether it’s what we look like, what we wear, what we eat, what we own or how we live.
It’s always not enough. We are never good enough – Just as we are.

This outfit will make you more attractive.  Although you’re too fat. Actually you’re too skinny.

This phone will make you look cooler. And this one will make you look smarter.

This toothpaste will make your teeth brighter. And this hair colour will make you look amazing.

This smoothie will make you healthier. This chocolate bar will satisfy you.

And of course, buying this product will make you happier because look at how unhappy you currently are!

This is one of the biggest lies we are fed on a daily basis through marketing companies and social media. Billboards, TV ads, social media blogs, Facebook, Instagram snaps are a daily reminder that we are insufficient in almost every way and someone else, in some place else, is happier than you.

But could this really be true?

Is happiness found in a product or in some future act? We are trained to think that “I’ll be happy if I get that job…. if I lose this weight… if I look like her… if I get that smart phone….” this idea that happiness lies somewhere outside ourselves – somewhere in the future.

But hey, you can’t deny that we can feel happy with these products and activities. I know that I feel happy when I’ve got a new pair of yoga tights or a new yoga tank… But this is temporary happiness.

Happiness is a present state – it’s not something found in some future act or tangible product.

The more we believe that we are inadequate, the unhappier we will be.

Happiness comes from believing in yourself. A strong sense of identity and awareness of who you are. And recognising the divinity that resides within you – because we are all sparks of the divine. Regardless of which religious tradition or spiritual affiliation you have; recognising that divinity dwells within you is enough to make you want to be the perfect being that you are.

We are perfect as we are. You are perfect as you are.

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be self-reflective and aware of the areas in our life that need improvement.

When I say you’re perfect as you are, I mean that your Being is perfect. You don’t need all these possessions to be happy. You are Sat Chit Ananda (Absolute Bliss Consciousness) {you can read more on this here >> http://bit.ly/2nTUpQC}

Emulate the divine in your thoughts, words and actions. This is happiness.

Your body is your body. Accept its shape and amazing features. Keep it healthy and strong. Practice yoga.

Practice the art of acceptance, love and gratitude and happiness will be as easy as breathing. And soon you’ll desire less possessions and you’ll feel completely sufficient and adequate just as you are.

As you are meant to be.
As you were born to be.

George Harrison says it perfectly when he says:

“Without going out of my door,
I can know all things on Earth.
Without looking out of my window,
I can know the ways of heaven”

Happiness is within you. Stop searching for it.  Live what is already inside you!

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Love who you are! The red one is my favourite as it is making a bold statement!>> http://bit.ly/2p9pQqn

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Our True Nature: Sat Chit Ananda

Last month we finally finished exploring the 8 Limbs of Ashtanga yoga and we discovered that the purpose of yoga is Samadhi (pure consciousness).  We have talked about the aim of yoga is to discover our true nature.  To discover who we truly are.  When we are in this true state of pure consciousness, we say that we are in a state of yoga.  So the spiritual journey one takes up when they start yoga is all about finding out who you truly are.

Yoga is a state.  It is not an activity.  We tend to think of ourselves as ‘doing yoga’ as we are physically moving our body or attending a yoga class so we often see yoga as an activity.  In fact, it is a state of being.  The Sanskrit term yoga in fact is translated to mean ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’ and so is often translated as ‘union’.  So what or who are we united with? When we are in a state of yoga, we are in a state of pure consciousness, or self-realisation.  We are united to the Self (often described as the Atman).  And so what is the nature of the ‘Self’? Our true nature is: Sat Chit Ananda (Absolute Bliss Consciousness)

So we can comprise the Self in three elements:
Sat – translated as ‘being’ (or absolute non changing truth)
Chit – translated as ‘consciousness’
Ananda – translated as ‘bliss’ or ‘joy’

So our true nature is a state of absolute blissful consciousness.  We are said to share this true nature with the divine, or God.  We do not become God, however we share this divine nature with God.  We are said to be all sparks of the divine, just in human form.

This state of yoga is one that is experienced and so it can be difficult to describe it in words.  However some may relate to this state of oneness or unity in other experiences in life.  For example, playing a game of squash – there’s the ball, racket, court, player… all together the player experiences a state of oneness.  The player feels one with the ball, court and racket when playing squash and doesn’t see them as separate entities when engrossed in the game.  Performers and entertainers have also described this sense of oneness when performing on stage in front of an audience where they describe their state as being one with the music or the stage.

In order to experience this state, one must practice.  Yoga is not about talking about yoga.  It is about doing it.  Pattabhi Jois (the guru who is responsible for bringing Ashtanga yoga to the Western world) has been quoted often as saying that yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.  You can talk about yoga for 30 years; it doesn’t mean you will experience it.  Pattabhi Jois encourages all to just simply practice, practice and practice.  Don’t over think it, or analyse it.  All will come if you practice.  That has certainly been my personal experience.  I just roll out my mat each morning, and do my practice.  All will come.  Whether I feel tired, under the weather or distracted; I just try and have no other intention, except to practice.  Everything else will evolve and change.  It doesn’t matter.  As long as I roll out my mat each morning, I am practicing yoga – union with my true nature.

Om
Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

The Dawning, the Day, and the Dusking
Those most excellent daughters of the Sun
The Radiant forms coming from the Gods
I meditate upon you and reach to you.
This is my offering.