Words of Wisdom by Marc Woolford

..i will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet i will endure sadness for it opens my soul. i will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet i will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge ...Marc Woolford what lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us ... Marc Woolford

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Yoga vs Religion

Yoga is not a religion.  The practice of yoga has it's roots in India and it shares some commonalities with Hinduism as well as many other world religions, but it is not a religion.  Yoga is a methodology, a system of practices that heighten the practitioners self awareness, connection with life (people, animals, the earth and life force-the breath) and connection with God.  The practices of yoga include moral and ethical guidelines (yamas) which lay a foundation for how to…

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Everything and Nothing

Yoga literally translates as yoking, meaning union or connection.  This connection is meant to be with the higher self or spirit and with God.  I also believe it means a connection and respect for all life. More than that yoga is freedom and liberation. In the words of Patanjali (yogic philosopher credited with writing the first yogic text), yoga is the stilling of the restlessness of the mind. Yoga is peace, kindness, joy and gratitude. Yoga is breath and movement.…

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Loving Kindness Contemplation

The Buddhist use what they call a Metta meditation, also referred to has a loving kindness meditation.  The meditation consists of a simple collection of positive phrases directed towards one's self, towards loved ones, strangers, communities, the world as a whole and towards one's enemy's.  It is intended to connect the practitioner with their spiritual heart space and help them to live from that place of love, kindness and compassion. Here are a few examples: May I be filled with…

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