I came across this little saying the other day which beautifully sums up mindfulness yoga. I found it in the first yoga book I ever bought in Africa in the early 90s. It’s pretty worn out and very well used, as you can see but still a great little read.
In the calm of the mind, it is the substance of the mental being that is still, so still that nothing disturbs it. If thoughts or activities come, they do not arise at all out of the mind, but they come from outside and across the mind as a flight of birds crosses the sky in a windless air. It passes, disturbs nothing, leaving no trace. Even if a thousand images or the most violent events pass across it, the calm stillness remains as if the very texture of the mind were a substance of eternal and indestructible peace. By Yogi Aurobindo
I always enjoy re-visiting the old more traditional texts as there are so many deep roots to explore behind this ancient practice. Unfortunately these days this depth is often over looked and yoga classes are becoming more like an exercise class with very, if any, mindfulness or presence. This time of year is especially potent for practicing mindfulness presence………stay strong and calm in your center and constantly tune in to your breath……………. Merry Christmas and Namaste