Want to practice yoga? (2)

The basics of yoga practice :-

1.) Leave our personal thinking and beliefs only to ourselves. Put away all the conditioned personal thinking and beliefs when dealing with other people in the world and learn to be open-minded and respect all others for being different from us, or having different thinking and beliefs from ours.

2.) If we are fussy people about something or many things, throw them away whether instantly or gradually.

3.) If we are sensitive towards certain sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations or thoughts, then try to practice tolerance and forbearance towards all the names and forms that will annoy or irritate us or our minds. Most physical allergies reactions are a form of manifestation from the corrupted and ill-thinking minds. Clean out all the rubbish in our minds can eliminate many types of allergies where drugs or medicines also can’t cure.

Basically, we may or may not know that ourselves are being difficult occasionally or frequently. We learn to recognize them and throw those difficult habits and behaviors away, and stopped being a difficult person for ourselves and others. We learn to be aware of ourselves for being difficult and we might intentionally or unintentionally generate inconvenience and difficulties to other people who come in contact with us directly or indirectly. Without judgment or expectation, we do our best to change ourselves to be less difficult.

We also learn how to deal with other people who are having difficult personality and behavior that might intentionally or unintentionally generate inconvenience and difficulties to other people who come in contact with them directly or indirectly, with compassion. These difficult people are suffering from their own difficulties as well. We learn how to tolerate all the difficult people and difficult situations, without judgment or expectation, without being disturbed or determined by all these difficult experiences, without losing our patience and tolerance, and learn how to adjust ourselves to accommodate the difficult people and situations, while remain equanimous and be at peace.

May all be happy practicing yoga.

Om shanti.

Think again, if we think we are compassionate beings…

Real compassion is unconditional love, acceptance, forgiveness, tolerance, forbearance, patience and respect towards all beings without discrimination of likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, based on what our minds believes what things are and how things should be. The mind is completely free from egoism, identification, attachment, judgment, expectation, craving, aversion, and all sorts of impurities like anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, dissatisfaction, disappointment, feelings of hurt, feelings of guilt, regrets, ill-will, ill-thinking, fear and worry…

So, think again, if we think we are compassionate beings and identify ourselves with the quality of a ‘compassionate being’…

Om shanti.

Yoga practice?

An honest and thoughtful feedback coming from a retreat guest who might have missed out the teachings of yoga about non-attachment, patience, acceptance, tolerance and accommodation during the yoga class, as the mind was being disturbed by the sounds of the airplanes, showed dissatisfaction and disappointment about the occasional sounds of the airplanes during the yoga sessions.

Everyone has the freedom to give their point of views and review about their personal experience.

There’s nothing wrong if some of the guests might not like the sounds of airplanes flying over the sky, or feel annoyed or disturbed by some sounds coming from the surrounding environment. Even at the old yoga studio we would hear the occasional sounds of the airplanes flying over the sky, as well as some loud music from the houses nearby, and some ‘strange’ noise coming from our neighbour’s house EVERY morning clearing his nose and throat for about half an hour, where anyone who practice yoga and compassion shouldn’t be disturbed by it.

If we truly practice yoga, we are letting go of craving and aversion, the craving for a particular type of environment, and the aversion towards a particular type of environment to practice yoga. We learn to not attach to the objects of the senses, remain equanimous, undisturbed and undetermined by the impermanent qualities of names and forms, or the pleasant and unpleasant experiences coming from the reactions of the egoistic mind based on the likes and dislikes of the egoism.

Yoga practice is everywhere and anytime, under any conditions and situations. It’s about being aware of the reality and allow the reality to be what it is, not necessarily it is the way that we like it to be, or the way that we think it should be.

If we think we can only practice ‘yoga’ or ‘meditation’ in a particular environment, time and space, or will only feel happy and satisfied when everything is the way that we like it to be, then we don’t really practicing yoga and meditation, but just doing some so call ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’ practice, the way that we like it to be.

We actually find the occasional sounds of airplanes are quite helpful to allow the teacher to have a few moments of break from giving teachings until the sounds pass away within a few seconds, to allow the students to practice non-attachment, patience, acceptance, tolerance and accommodation, as well as to have a few moments of break to be in silence to digest the teachings, and to help to wake up those who fell asleep while listening to the ‘boring’ teachings about yoga.

Thank you for the honest feedback. It allows us to reflect upon it.

Be happy.

Om shanti.