One of the great impediments on the road to spiritual development is the feeling that I am better than others ~ ‘holier than thou’ as the old saying goes. Most of us have it to one degree or another ~ and if not, then it’s an indication that we are in pretty good spiritual shape. Oftentimes however,… Continue reading Can A Leopard Change His Spots?
Dear Friends, One of the problems that many people have with regard to their meditation and yoga practice is maintaining consistency. I know because I’m one of them. Fortunately though I have a good teacher, so I know what to do when I sometimes get distracted. The advice that he gave me a long time… Continue reading How To Maintain Consistency In Your Meditation Practice
It’s widely and correctly known that the word yoga means union or harmony, but one of the great misunderstandings of yoga teaching, is that this harmony has its ultimate expression in the harmony of your body, mind and spirit. The relationship between the body and the soul is oftentimes explained in yoga teachings as being… Continue reading Yoga ~ Harmony of Body, Mind and Spirit?
Although yoga is most commonly thought of as being a means to attain physical fitness and health, people who are familiar with its broader scope, variously refer to yoga as being an understanding, a path, a lifestyle, a teaching, and sometimes it is simply called the ‘way’ or the natural way ~ the way of… Continue reading The Way of Yoga ~ Tuning into Truth
One of the nice examples of rich symbolism that can be found in Yoga teaching is the comparison of spiritual growth with the growth of plants that in their maturity produce sweet smelling flowers. Some people may think that this example is overly naïve and simplistic, but sometimes simple is the best way to go. So… Continue reading The Flowers of Spiritual Growth Part I
In our last article we mentioned that if we want our plant of spirituality to grow strongly, then just as in the growing of ordinary plants – we need good soil, regular watering, regular weeding and also some careful protection for our spiritual growth. Good soil can be compared to peacefulness and soft heartedness, and… Continue reading The Flowers of Spiritual Growth Part II
In a couple of our recent meditation programs, a few people have brought up the question of ‘loving yourself’. The basis of this increasingly common idea/fad is that if you love yourself and feel good about yourself, then you radiate this love and you become a positive force of change for the better, and everybody wins. You… Continue reading Loving Yourself?
It is only when we look beyond the physical benefits of yoga practice, that we can discover the real treasure that yoga wisdom promises. That treasure has been spoken about throughout the ages, and it is a treasure that is inherently ours. It is the treasure of realising our spiritual nature and our natural spiritual… Continue reading The Endless Sunshine Of Spiritual Wisdom
One of the important points that I always make when explaining spiritual development, is that that it’s not helpful for people to feel that they have joined a team or a group of some kind ~ as in for example, ‘I’m a Christian now’ or ‘I’m a Buddhist now’ or whatever. There may be some… Continue reading It’s Not So Easy
One of the classic misconceptions that many people have with regard to spiritual progress is that a person needs to join a group – and not just any group – it has to be the ‘right’ group. I once had the curious experience of being told by one particularly zealous so-called ‘spiritualist’, that because I… Continue reading Ignorance Breeds Fanaticism