” Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions. ” -B.K.S. Iyengar.
I believe the best gift one could give, to children is, by being alive, in sound body, mind, spirit and heart. I truly believe in holistic health and well-being. I must be doing something right, since my Doctor recently gave me A+ for my excellent health. As usual I talked to her, about the benefits of meditation and its impact on my current health. Meditation pretty much saved my life in the West. I would call myself a “South Indian” in the morning, rest of the entire day, I am like any other Immigrant American. Let me explain. There are few very consistent, health habits I follow, and one of them is starting my day with connecting to higher spirit through meditation. Asking God, Almighty, for guidance during the day, and do my karma (work/career/job at hand for the day/taking care of business for the day). During the day as the day flows, stay in the moment and leave the outcome to God. This is some what similar way of life, my Grand Mother and Mother followed, except the difference is they did “Pooja”, Prayer and I practice meditation.
Every morning, no matter where I am, I have to start my day with Meditation. I am so very religious about it. There are no exceptions. I believe Meditation helps in my self-discipline. I don’t necessary follow any rule on duration any more, it can be anywhere btw 20-40 minutes. I am also just a bit ritualistic about it. Since I grew up in a “Brahmin” household, I sort of enjoy reciting a little prayer for my meditation teacher and for universal peace. Believe it or not, meditation calling wakes me up every morning from sleep. My body is now so attuned to the habit, it almost goes into meditative state as I am waking up.
Step One: I say a little prayer as I lay in bed trying to be wake and to go pick up my meditation Mat.
“ Guru Brhma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara Ha
Guru Sakshat Para Brahama Tasmai Sri Guave Namaha”
A little prayer for my Meditation Gurudev/Teacher to guide me in my meditation practice for the day.
Step Two: A short prayer for “Peace”.
“ Loka, Samasta, Sukhino Bhavantu, Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavantu,
Samasta Sanmangalani Bhavantu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti he!!!
Step Three: A short prayer.
“Dear God Almighty! Bless my family, Wes, Radha, Himmi & Johnny and all the people I come across today with peace, prosperity, wealth, riches, love, joy, health, happiness, harmony, balance and bliss in ever-increasing abundance”.
Step Four: Just simple deep Meditation for 20 mint’s 40 mint’s.
Step Five: I come out of meditation and thank God, for the nice meditation time for the day and ask to guide me through the day to be good to others and make good choices for my family.
That’s it. Rest of my day is pretty much like every other busy American Mother’s life, trying to rush through the day. My household is very much like any other American family. My spiritual practice is just for me and in no way it bothers any one, neither my husband who is a Christian, nor my lifestyle in America. I am at Peace. There is no need to visit any temples, celebrate any Indian festivals, my body is my temple, my meditation is my every day celebration of Life.
Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy Mother’s day 🙂
” When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. “- Hatha Yoga Pradipika.