Now that we completed the Yamas (the first limb of yoga) let's do a quick re-cap.
The Yamas are the outward observances, tools for interacting with our environment to help us get along in this world. If you remember they were:
Ahimsa- non violence
Ashteya- not stealing
Brahmacharya- chasity, and
Aparigraha- lack of greed
The second Limb, the Niyamas are tools for inward observances, interacting with ourselves if you will. They are:
Svadhyaya- self-study, knowledge of self, and
Ishvara pranidhana- faith, surrender
So, next week we will begin by looking a little more closely at Saucha, cleanliness.
Over time we will see how all of these concepts overlap and build a web of support for us to stand on, in our greatest practice...the practice of living well, ultimately creating a well lived life.
I think of my life, and yours too, as... works of art. We are creating a history each day by the choices that we make. A painting, a sculpture, a life. I don't know about you but I want to create a life of beauty! I hope to leave a piece of art in the minds of those that knew me. Namaste.