A Spiritual Education

“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 light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler Ross

Is there such a thing as peace or justice in a world where depression and anxiety are rampant, people are starving and people are obese, cancer, chemicals and drugs poison our cells, neighbors are isolated and mass shootings are commonplace?

What if we shift our paradigm?

From independence to interdependence?
From “the greatest” to a great among greats?
From the rat race to a global community of collaborative, lifelong learners?

What if learning is a spiritual practice and process — as well as a physical, intellectual, emotional endeavor?

Here’s a simple guided meditation on our “butterfly mind” — full of thoughts, ideas, memories and plans, always fluttering away from the present.
1. Sit first with closed eyes, then opened eyes.
2. Initially, practice long, deep controlled breathing, and later move on to natural and relaxed breathing.
3. Notice awareness, notice body, notice mind, notice all and let go.
4. Observe each moment and experience with openness and curiosity, withholding judgment.

Photo taken by David Yu

Published by yogafreedom

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a yoga teacher and freelance writer, editor and translator, as well as the creator of Yoga Freedom. She is a 30-something gringa Gemini in Guatemala where she lives with her family. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found zen in California at 23. A native of Austin, Texas, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming and lounging in hammocks.

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