The Path To Peace: Svadhyaya

The more we realize what we are not, the more can we understand what we actually are. This is the basic idea of Svadhyaya which translates to self-study. “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…” as Julie Andrews sang. You as in yourself. Svadhyaya is all...

The Path To Peace: Tapas (Self-discipline/Passion)

Our Path to Peace has brought us to the third of the Niyama: Tapas. Tapas is one of the more difficult of the Yama and Niyama to translate into one word. It’s not just self-discipline or passion. It can also be tolerance, change, transformation, effort, and catharsis....

The Path to Peace: Santosha

Are you living life or always in the process of getting ready to live life? The Niyama we are focusing on for this week, Santosha, is about finding contentment right now, with where you are and who you are. We are a society built on “somedays.” Someday I’ll build my...

The Path to Peace: Saucha (Purity)

The first of the Niyama, the guidelines for internal peace, is saucha or purity. You probably know a few “germophobes,” right? Maybe you are one yourself (all good, same here). We tend to focus a lot on cleanliness in the US (well, most of us). We are constantly...

Can You Learn Compassion?

Well, the day has come – we have reached the final tenet of Ahimsa: Compassion. [Reminder: we’re focused on the 8 Limbs of Yoga per Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras and right now we are on the first limb, the Yama, and the first Yama–Ahimsa...

What is Compassion?

“The best way to clean up the world is to sweep your own front porch.” Setting yourself aside and focusing all your efforts, “help” and worry on others in your life is a way to feel accomplished by cleaning up someone else’s life instead...

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