As we forge ahead in 2020 to February, the month of Love, we are persuaded by its mysticism to devote our monthly theme to “compassion”.
But how are love and compassion related?
In his book The compassionate Life, the Dalai Lama explains in simple terms that “compassion and love can be defined as positive thoughts and feelings, that give rise to essential things in life such as hope, courage, determination and inner strength. In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of same thing: compassion is the wish for another being to be free ...
A new year has come! And with it lots of new opportunities, decisions, experiences and growth. So what are your dreams for this new year? What do you want to do and where do you want to go?
Moving forward towards your goals requires effort, energy and above all COURAGE. Courage is that strong deep force, the will power, to do, create, move, evolve and grow. Is our own inner strength that guides us in life, which we need to cultivate persistently, if not we might find ourselves paralysed by our own fears, the circumstances, the opinions of others. We need courage to ...
The holiday season is approaching, Christmas markets start popping up everywhere in Vienna ; lights, Christmas decorations and candles begin dressing the city and the window displays for the festive season. We feel it in the air as well: the cold winds of winter. Maybe the first snow flakes that fall on to the earth, the excitement of the kids for gifts, the warmth of family time and the rushing energy that comes with the last month of the year. It’s a magical time of the year but it tends to be stressful for most of us, as we find ourselves racing to the shops for gifts ...
Earlier this year we introduced the yogic concept of “Tapas”, one of the Niyamas, the second limb of the 8-fold path. One aspect of tapas, usually translated as self-discipline, that is often over-looked, is perseverance. Perseverance, a fleeting quality in a world that seems driven by the need for instant gratification and instant results. Who has time now-a-days to wink a taxi down the street, when the next UBER is only a few minutes away? Who wants to spend time cooking a lovely dinner after a long busy day when a delivery service does it for you? Who has time to ...
“I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible enough”, “Yoga is not for me, it’s too slow/boring/straining for me…”. Who hasn’t heard these or similar statements, when a conversation turns to the topic of yoga, or maybe even had these thoughts themselves?
While yoga’s popularity is increasing and more and more people practice it, very different views about what yoga actually is are spreading as well. Especially in our western – often fitness-oriented – world, yoga seems to be reduced only to its physical aspects. Yet, by reducing the term yoga in this way, ...
In The Healing Power of Mind, the Tibetan teacher, Tulku Thondup, tells a moving story to dramatize faith:
"Many centuries back a severe famine swept through a valley in Tibet. A father saw that he and his children would not live much longer since all their food was gone. And so he filled some bags with ashes, tied them with ropes from the ceiling, and told his little children, “We have lots of tsampa [food made of barley] in those bags, but we have to save it for the future.” The father died of hunger, but the children survived until some people came to rescue ...
Letting My Summer Soul Dangle
The Art of Doing Nothing – Meditation, that lives in every summer moment
Blue sky, sunshine,
be content with God and yourself,
Happiness flows through the mind,
a breath of air called silence,
Heart and senses rest relaxed,
a light wind sweeps across the land,
capturing the splendor with eyes and ears,
and so letting your soul dangle.
This month is the Story of Being Not Doing. Quite in contrast to our June topics “Yoga & Politics” and “Yoga Warriors – Moving into Action”, this month we focus on “doing ...
How yogic principles compel to engage
Developing a political attitude that’s less divisive and more mindful
United in diversity*
Unstoppable movement is twirling through themes such as climate change and current political affairs in Austria, that deeply affect us. It is a time of change that concerns all of us.
„Change is coming, if you like it or not.” Greta Thunberg
It may be uncomfortable and it may be unprofitable. But change is coming. The change is not only happening in politics, society, economics and the environment, this change first and foremost is ...
How could this relationship be better presented than by a child with our planet? The words, actions and thoughts of 16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg do not let me go. In the month of Mother’s Day, Mother Earth comes to the forefront. She is really always in the forefront, but I see and feel her now more than ever and have therefore made her and the climate crisis in Greta’s hands our monthly theme. Our Mother Earth has given us so much, we have taken, taken and taken; now it is time to give back – urgent time; it’s an emergency, Greta, says, and we ...
What can we do now?
Yogic Activism - from the mat to the world
Be what you want the world to be!
David Attenborough sums it up in all his comments: don't waste! It is as simple and complex as that. Don't waste any food, no electricity, no clothes, no water. Less is more. Do I need the car? How can I reduce my flights? Do I still need a jacket? Who is making that jacket? What else can I use instead of a shampoo in a plastic bottle? What exactly is in that shampoo bottle anyway? Next to new inventions, complete rethinking is the only way of survival, according to Greta. ...
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.43: "kaya indriya siddhih ashuddhi kshayat tapasah" - The inner psychic fire (tapas) destroys all impurities of the heart and mind, and brings about the health, sanity, wholeness or perfection of the physical and vital being (the inner senses). (Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda)
Tapas fits very well to our seasonal theme of saucha and spring cleaning. The word Tapas is derived from the root Sanskrit verb ‘tap’ which means ‘to burn’, and evokes a sense of ‘fiery discipline’ or ‘passion’. Tapas can mean ...