“Growing is the most important and essential endeavor that a human being can undertake. You can make money, you can be promoted or demoted in the world. Never, at any stage, is there certainty about what will happen to you in this life. However, there is one thing nobody can ever take away from you-the growth you attain through your own search for Self-knowledge. Furthermore, this growth and understanding become the foundation that sustains you through any and all worldly difficulties, and that allows you-whatever the form of your physical experience- to find in life a continuously unbroken flow of total well-being.” — Swami Chetanananda

What if our religion was each other,
if our practice was our life, if prayer our words?
What if the temple was the earth, if forests were our church, if holy waters- the rivers, lakes, and oceans.
What if meditation was our relationships, if the teacher was life, if wisdom was self-knowledge, if love was the center of our being.

Ganga White

Everything Has A Deep Dream

I’ve spent many years learning
how to fix life, only to discover
at the end of the day
that life is not broken.

There is a hidden seed of greater wholeness
in everyone and everything.
We serve life best
when we water it and befriend it.
When we listen before we act.

In befriending life,
we do not make things happen
according to our own design.
We uncover something that is already happening
in us and around us and
create conditions that enable it.

Everything is moving toward its place of wholeness,
always struggling against odds.

Everything has a deep dream of itself and its fulfillment.

Rachel Naomi Remen

People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine
when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within.

Elizabeth Kublar-Ross

What I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled.
To cast aside the weight of facts,
and even to float a little above this difficult world.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing,
that the light is everything.
I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery.
And I do.

Mary Oliver

Your yoga begins when you leave the classroom.
It’s how you connect to people and how you relate to the world.
Your yoga is the giving and receiving.
It’s the wellness between inner and outer worlds.
Your yoga is living the purpose of your life.
Your yoga is to spread peace, one person at a time.

Eugene Yoga Suggests:

  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
  • A Year of Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
  • The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran
  • Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg
  • Yoga Gems edited by George Feuerstein
  • Yoga Body, Buddha Mind by Cindi Lee
  • Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kennison
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  • Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer by Donald Yance