This Wednesday I’ll be eight weeks post-op, which means I can finally return to my yoga practice. If there’s one lesson I learned during my recovery period it’s that I need yoga in my life. In preparation for Wednesday (and beyond), I am reading Inner Engineering by Sadhguru. And it is not a book that one reads quickly.
There’s no reason for me to highlight important passages because I’d end up highlighting 95% of the book – smile. There are so many statements that made me pause, such as these which I read this weekend:
Peace and joy are the basic requirements for a life of well-being… Peace and joy are not things you attain at the end of life. They are the basis of your life. If you consider peace to be the ultimate goal, you will only “rest in peace”… The reason the simple things–like being peaceful, joyful, loving–have become ultimate aspirations is that people are living without paying any attention to the life process. When most people say “life,” they mean the accessories of life–their work, their family, their relationships, the homes they live in, the cars they drive, the clothes they wear…The one thing they miss is life–the life process itself, the essential life that is you. The moment you make the fundamental mistake of identifying something that is not you as yourself, life becomes an unnecessary struggle. The foundations of peace and bliss are not about attending to the external realities of your life, but in accessing and organizing the inner nature of your being.
I shared these passages with a close friend and we both agreed – we want peace and joy now. It is what I will continue to work at and strive for every day. And with that in mind, I am off to enjoy this cold, dreary Monday–with joy! 🙂