Tag: Spirituality

Living the Yoga Life

005 Bryan Kest – Discovering the Power of Yoga,…

IN THIS EPISODE OF PRACTICALLY CONSCIOUS,

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I had the great honor of talking with Bryan Kest, one of the world’s best known and influential yoga teachers.  Bryan is the founder of Power Yoga and travels the world teaching thousands of student per year.  He was kind enough to spend enough time with me that we had to break the episode into two parts.  We discuss a wide range of topics related to consciousness & awakening including:

  • Living in India as an American.
  • Being ok with where you are and not taking life too seriously.
  • The importance of not bringing competitiveness into your yoga practice.
  • The great impact of Vipassana in Bryan’s life

 

You can find Bryan on Facebook at Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga, as well as see his workshop schedule and online yoga classes at www.poweryoga.com

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Living the Yoga Life

A Little Lift from Mooji

This picture of Mooji always makes me smile…

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“Truth is simple, but the seeker lives in complexity.  If life is so hard, you are missing the point!  Instead, contemplate what is in your heart, put your attention on consciousness and the petals of consciousness will be compelled to open.  And the ambiance of peace, which you already are, will become your truth.”   -Mooji

You can listen to his wonderful, Jamaican accented talks here

 

Meditation

From Point A to A

icon b&wThe seeker’s path is both tricky and amusing because it leads from point A to point A.  We tend to look everywhere else, here, there, everywhere, before returning to point A, where the answers are – within.  It’s this way for just about every person I know who has had an awakening.  The seeking often takes place in near desperation, sometimes not even knowing what the question is, driven by an underlying feeling of unease, unhappiness, a sense of not belonging, or a feeling that something is not quite right with life.  We think maybe the answers (or at least pleasant distractions) will be found in travelling, books, gurus, philosophies, universities, careers, and on and on.

 

I spent many years using my mind constantly, as much as possible, searching for the solution to these problems.  Luckily, somehow I began seeing pointers that it was the tool itself that was the problem.  The first I remember clearly was my teacher saying, “90 percent of your thoughts are repetitive.  So why are you doing that?”  Then I began to hear and read other pointers:

 

“Stop thinking and all your problems will be solved.”

 

“Can you find the pause button for your mind?”

 

“There is no more knowledge needed.  Look inward.”

 

The literal dropping of thinking was, the first time, a scary proposition.  The feeling was that my very existence might stop.  But somehow I found the courage to do it, and it was like dropping a ball, you just let go.

 

When you awaken, it is as if the clouds have parted and everything becomes perfectly clear.  And I mean everything.  You go within and everything is there and nothing is there and it is all one.  Yet you are back at point A.  You took a journey that winds up where you started and nothing has changed, but everything is different.  The mind cannot describe what exists beyond the mind, but this space is beautiful for what does not exist here – desperation, unease, unhappiness, stress.  All gone.

 

I encourage you, stop looking for answers, you already have everything you need.  Turn your gaze, turn your mind inward.  This is all.  The results will be wonderful.