Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Or Try to

(To borrow a phrase.)

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide, were just in Portland for their annual pilgrimage to the Northwest, continuing on to Seattle next.

While they were here, one of the many topics they discussed was that of humor or positivity. And reflecting that humor and levity are a good thing. When used appropriately and with a positive upward flowing energy, this state will encourage a deeper connection with the Divine, ultimately.

Ignoring the Dark Side

Anandians are often accused of ignoring the dark side of things. Only seeing the light, or positive in things.

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi talked one evening about the importance, for them, now especially, in not focusing on negative or downward-energy-pulling-things/situations, of which there are many. This negativity comes in many guises, from news to movies, reading to listening. Sometimes it seems more a sense-assault.

How often do we start to listen to something and realize that the state of peace that we were feeling has just disappeared? Or that we are feeling so much more edgy after watching that particular show or movie, then we were before it.

Listening More Deeply

Listening to our intuition is vital and will only get deeper and more clear the more we listen to and work with it. It is this state of being, that deep state of listening to our intuition, our inner guidance, that we can pierce the layers of maya, or delusion, that surround us and connect with the Divine.

Having gone through a bit of personal mucky-muck (as my mom likes to say), these past few weeks, has been an interesting experience for me. And yes, blessed Divine Mother has been handing me lots of opportunities to practice achieving calmness, peace and harmony.

First a broken foot. Then an accident. Yup! A lot of opportunity to practice many of our yogic techniques. Deep breathing being one of the main ones. Along with every centering technique I could think of.

Just Breathe

When standing in these types of situations, or places, in our lives, it can be very hard to remember to breathe. To look for that positive light in the situation. To reign in the temper that’s about to blow!

But try, we should. Accessing the force is vital to our continued well-being. Practice the teachings, we must. (Thank you Yoda and Yogananda!)

Try to plug your energy-extension cord into the positive charges of life, and you may find that when dealing with the intense times, positivity may come a bit more easily, or more quickly in your period of coping.

And even though you’ll be looking for those causes or reasons that explain why something may have happened, it will be from a more peace-filled place. Or possibly, you will access that deeper sense of surrender and acceptance, thus letting go. And moving on.

Is Halloween Really A Yogi Thing?

That’s Right! Halloween Is A Yogi’s Holiday

I go back and forth about this “holiday” every year. Loving it one day, dreading it the next. The kids love to dress up and most especially love (I did say LOVE) the candy.

In years past, we’ve lived in a community that celebrates Halloween with a kid’s-eye to excitement. One of my neighbors would always put on a special fun-house experience for kids of all ages. (Yes, I pretty much got roped into it every year, trying to out do myself with my costume year after year!)

It really does come down to the costumes. And boy oh boy we had access to great costumes. What do you want to be this year? Can I get a wig with that?

And so I ponder…is Halloween for Yogis?

  1. Reincarnation, It’s All in the Costume: A yogi can be whatever they want from year to year! Like living a different incarnation in one day. Well maybe in a few days, as it does take time to plan and get the costume. And the best part is you can give it back! Thus completing that cycle in short order!
  2. Centering, Staying in the Spine Amidst Seemingly Crashing Worlds: That incessant ringing of the doorbell. It has been said, and this is a great time to remind us that, AUM is in every sound. The yogi tries to hear AUM in everything, even the 78th ring of the doorbell. And staying centered and calm through ghosts, goulies, witches, vampires, zombies, and the odd Frankenstein or two, is always good too.
  3. Karma vs. Dharma, The Real Trick or Treat: This is a wonderful opportunity for the yogi to work on two spiritual practices. The yogi consciously choosing dharma and using awareness of karma. I think that we know which is which. Secondly is the practice of Japa. The repeating of a prayer or sacred word, all night long. Helping to increase awareness and focus.e
  4. Gratitude, A Lifetime of Finding Contentment in all Things: Blessed gratitude and good manners. The ability for the yogi to be grateful for whatever treat is received. And to offer gratitude by thanking the giver–no matter what.
  5. Detachment, The True Art of Letting Go: That special guideline for the yogi, “People are more important than things,” and the annual homage that is paid to the parent (or companion) when returning with the candy-filled bag. Offering up that beloved piece. Ah, the price of a night of receiving, is then to give. Having true detachment and giving it without thought or hesitation.

See, there is so much to learn on this special day!