Be Love!

“The major characteristic of love is the absence of conflict. When conflict is born and increases daily, true love gradually diminishes. Where conflict finds fault, love sees virtue. When love increases daily, its flower blossoms fully, spreading its sweet fragrance everywhere.” Swami Kripalu

As we turn the calendar to February, we welcome more light into our days and begin to release the deep cold of January. In fact, February 2 marks the mid-way point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. What does this have to do with LOVE and YOGA? As we release holding and tension, just as we release conflict, we can more easily access a calm mind and open heart. A mind and heart that is open to what life is serving up right NOW, in the present moment. We are more able to breathe into that moment to explore and discover what its gifts and lessons are to our life. Whether with another or flying solo, through the practice of yoga and meditation, we can experience peace of mind and openness of heart to the world around us.  As Swami Kripalu taught, “Through the practice of yoga, the mind easily becomes concentrated and one-pointed through the practice of yoga. When control of the mind is obtained, peace is established. To practice even a little is of the utmost importance. The profound meaning of yoga is understood only by those who maintain a regular and systematic practice. The day you start to practice, your true progress will begin.”

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