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Tag: equanimity

You need the shadows to appreciate the light

I was speaking to a couple of students from my morning yoga class before we started today and commented about how great the weather was today. I said “I wish it could be like this all through winter”. The gentleman I was speaking to…

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Yoga Sutra 1.33 ~ Four attitudes to cultivate toward other people

In relationships, the mind becomes purified by cultivating feelings of friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion for those who are suffering, goodwill towards those who are virtuous, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil. (maitri karuna mudita upekshanam…

Antarika Prema ~ Some Kind of Love

When I did my yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram outside of Montreal, we had lessons on yoga philosophy from Swami Mahadevananda. During one of them he talked about love. He clarified the type of love he was referring to by saying “not the…

Trust

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ~ Ernest Hemingway I’ve had a rough week. I spent much of Wednesday walking around like a zombie, as if someone sucked the life right out of me. Shocked. I…

Upekkha~ Equanimity

 “To cultivate equanimity we practice catching ourselves when we feel attraction or aversion, before it hardens into grasping or negativity.” ~ Pema Chödrön When we practice the first three of the brahma-vihara, we develop the ability to love all beings, to feel compassion for…

Brahma-Vihara

Lately I’ve been exploring the concept of brahma-vihara. Collectively, brahma-vihara are four states of mind often referred to as the “four immeasurables” or the “four perfect virtues”. Brahma here is translated as ‘divine’ or ‘noble’ and vihara as ‘abiding’ or ‘living’. One who practices…