Posted on June 23rd, 2011
Wellness has become a buzzword these days, ranging in application from medical diagnoses to spa services. Anyone you ask will have a list of things that make them ‘feel’ well. Mostly we base our happiness and contentment on circumstances and relationships going in our favor. But an overall, sense of wellbeing, regardless of what we have or what is happening in life is elusive to most. What does wellness really mean and how do we get there?
To BE well is to be balanced in emotions, body, and mind, in such a way that whatever life brings, we can handle it with equanimity, acceptance and love. It is a state of being in which we feel joyful - no matter what. True joy and true wellness are not circumstance dependent. We can be in physical pain and still feel joy. We can experience emotional pain and still feel well. When pure unadulterated joy arises we feel vibrantly alive, connected to everything and everyone around us, in sync with the vibration of creation. The sensation is different from the happiness we feel when it is sunny out, or a friend is visiting, or our kids do well at school. It feels unattached, free, unaffected by the fluctuations of daily life.
“United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature – joy,” states Yoga Sutra 1.3 as translated by Nischala Joy Devi in The Secret Power of Yoga.
The key to steadying consciousness, feeling united in the heart and experiencing the joy that is unaffected by external changes around us, lies in the practice of Yoga meditation.
By using the Yogic practice of deep focus and concentration, Dharana, the restless ego based thoughts begin to still. We dis-identify with our bodies and stories and begin to know ourselves as infinitely more than the human drama unfolding before us. We reconnect to an awareness of our soul and its inherent unity with Omnipresent Consciousness (aka Ever New Joy), according to Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi.
Focus and loving devotion are the keys to this ancient science of communion with the Source of our Being and therefore our wellbeing. The steady union of our individual consciousness with Divine Consciousness is the essential purpose of Yoga. When it occurs through deep, concentrative meditation, we feel well. This is the wellness that lets us manage all that life brings with peace, love, clarity, and equanimity. Of course it requires more effort than getting a spa treatment, but the lasting benefit is well worth the investment.
About Jennie Lee:
Jennie Lee is a Yoga Therapist, retreat facilitator, and program developer, with over 6,000 teaching hours and 20 years of experience in Yoga philosophy, practice and meditation, as well as spiritual psychology, and body centered psychotherapy. An active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she founded Stillness in Motion Yoga & Wellness in 2002. She brings love and enthusiasm to her work in guiding people through the self-awareness and consciousness raising process, applying the ancient science of Yoga to facilitate growth and healing. Having overcome much loss herself, she holds tremendous compassion for those undergoing life’s challenges and is a knowledgeable and intuitive guide to anyone seeking positive life change. Her Hatha Yoga practice incorporates aspects of many lineages, including Astanga, Kundalini, Kripalu, and Viniyoga. She has led retreats internationally on numerous Yoga related themes including The Philosophy and Practice of the Eight Limbs of Yoga; Putting Insight Into Action; The Yoga of Imagination; and The Yoga of Conscious Trust. As a writer, Jennie Lee's work has been published in Yoga Therapy Today magazine, on the Yoga Finder website, and as a Featured Expert on Dr. Keith Ablow's Living the Truth website. She Jennie Lee can be contacted at 978-771-4000 or www.stillnessinmotion.info
Tags: Meditation, Yoga, Wellness, Yoga Sutras, health, contentment, spirituality
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