Are you awake?

Have you ever picked up a book and read a passage and thought, “Wow, that’s exactly what I’ve been thinking,” or “That makes so much sense?”

I’m continually awed by inspiring authors who have a knack for articulating exactly what I’m feeling or need to hear at precisely the right moment.  Authors like Michael A. Singer, Rolf Gates, Michael Stone, and Mark Nepo — to name a few — often seem to be speaking to me directly (she said egocentrically.)

Seriously, some days when I open the book I’m reading, the text just says it all.  Today, it was a daily meditation from the book, “Oneness with All Life,” by Eckhart Tolle.  I opened the book, and the words vibrated off of the page and implanted themselves in my brain.  But, instead of trying to put my own interpretation on the passage in an effort to impart it’s wisdom, I thought I’d just quote it directly.

“An essential part of awakening is the recognition of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks, and acts.  When you recognize the unconsciousness in you, that which makes the recognition possible is the arising consciousness, is awakening.  You cannot fight against the ego and win, just as you cannot fight against the darkness.  The light of consciousness is all that is necessary.  You are that light.”


– Your Charmed Yogi

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The Silence Between

Leaf_Water_DropletImagine for a moment that you could do absolutely nothing and it would bring you peace.  Now, stop imagining and realize it’s already within you.  Deep silence and spaciousness reside within you.  With that silence, comes stillness, and with stillness comes peace.

Patanjali says, “Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.”   But, yoga goes beyond the poses we flow through – sometimes disconnectedly – on our mat.  When we are present in our physical practice, the mind begins to quiet.   An inner stillness endeavors to take over.  Don’t stop it.

There’s a beautiful quote by Eckhart Tolle that I try to remember when I feel myself becoming frantic and frantically living in the mind, “When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”

But, we can live that presence and find that stillness beyond the mat.    Begin to regularly bring awareness to the silence between – the silence between yoga postures, between words in a conversation, between music notes, between raindrops, between breaths.  Notice a wave of calm, if even for a brief moment, that comes over you when you experience the silence between.  This is stillness coming into being.

When you witness the silence between, you witness the stillness within.


– Your Charmed Yogi