I have written about freedom several times now, and it’s fun to look back and re-read how I defined freedom on various occasions, along the timeline of my life.
I’m not surprised I like to write about freedom or that it evolves each time I come to it; I mean the word is tattooed on my arm. Apparently, on some level it is important to me.
What if I told you I could show you the value of your ego in your spiritual development? If I said that following your ego will help you to discover your own sacredness, would you believe me?
The ego has become misunderstood in recent years. Harkening back to the Freudian concept, the ego is the part of your mind that balances your desires with what is reasonably attainable. It is the part of your mind that can truly be called “the self.” It is within this self that the deepest and most important of the sacred mysteries wait.
Ever felt yourself going through the motions of a yoga pose without focus or purpose? I think most yogis who’ve been practicing for a while have this experience, at least sometimes.
Several years ago, I found myself rushing through the Sun Salutation, praying for the series to end so I could move on to asanas I enjoyed more. I hated the way the pose strained my wrist and left me breathless, and it seemed to take forever to get through five or six of them. But since appreciating whatever you’re doing is a key spiritual teaching, I knew I had to do something to change my perspective.
The inauguration of Barrack Obama represents a turn toward our better selves. Humility. Mindfulness. Compassion. Honor. Respect. Service. Giving back. Making a difference. It is the fulfillment of Yes We Can. But it is only the beginning.
The following quote is taped to the inside of my medicine cabinet; it reminds me that everyday is a new day to connect with something greater than myself.
Love to travel but no longer content with South Beach or Vail? There is another option available. A number of years ago, I wanted a trip that was based on personal growth and discovery. Today this is called “sacred travel.” (Back then it was about taking my savings and heading out with a backpack.)
Five years ago I began a spiritual journey. I wanted to know, how can I be happy? Why am I so unhappy? I am always struggling and fighting with myself to “get better”. I had just ended a 7 year relationship and I sold my company. I had so many questions about what to do and whom to love. Whom do I want to become? I felt scared to make the wrong choice and I felt excited about rebuilding my life. In the midst of all this questioning I began to get answers and signs. I want to be happy. I want to make a difference and help others. I want to like myself. I want to wake up! What came out of all that questioning and searching were many teachers, many books, many tears, sessions with healers, and conversations with friends. The product of that searching was the creating of my new business and personal development program, intenSati. I think the best way to describe it is to say it is the practice of self love and appreciation put into an exercise class.