Yogah Chitta Vritti Nirodahah is the Sanskrit transliteration of this well-known sutra. Through this one sutra we are able to know the true essence of Yoga. (Translation below sourced from The Secret Power of Yoga by, Nishchala Joy Devi)
Deep within out hearts, we abide as pure Divine Consciousness. But with the material world pulling us every which way, our consciousness is drawn outward. As our knowledge of the Divine Self slowly fades, it takes with it the understanding of our true nature.
Chit is pure universal consciousness and chitta is the same consciousness individually expressed. Chit is the ocean of consciousness, vast and unlimited. At birth each of us gathers a small quantity of this vastness and encases it in the temple of our heart,as chitta, individual consciousness.
Our mission, as we were already Divine by nature, was to integrate our divinity with our humanity. Imagine consciousness in all its purity as a clear mountain lake. Gazing in to the lake, we can see the mirror image of the mountains that surround it. This pristine illumination mirrors our Divine nature.
"I looked in Temples, Churches and Mosques. I found the Divine in my heart"
Sutra 1.3 United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature - joy.
There are many ways to connect and stay connected to the wisdom of our hearts and the spirit & presence of joy. May you always continue to provide yourself time and space in amongst all your responsibilities & fullness of life to attend to, the quietening of mind&emotions to listen to your divine loving & wise heart.
Through listening to my heart (over the confused, fearful & judgmental thoughts & accompanying emotions) ten years ago I decided to leave the comfort & familiarity of my family home & life in Brisbane, Australia. I never anticipated the depth of experiences and bountiful connections that were ahead to spur greater growth in me spiritually, personally and professionally, I am and will be forever grateful.
Once again witnessing the calling of my hearts wisdom guiding me to new choices, I see and feel through my present thoughts and emotions that are trying to create confusion and doubt over my hearts wisdom, that it is time for me to return to Brisbane, Australia, so that I can give more of my time, energy & focus to my family and simultaneously continue to share my joy, love & appreciation for the gifts yoga has to offer. Whilst keeping myself open in heart and mind to allow the vast & unlimited ocean of consciousness to move through me (I am so curious about the unknown & what is to come).
So, I am embarking on the next stage of my adventure in November, and wish to share my precious remaining weeks in Vancouver with you in a way that is a fully conscious appreciation of all the gifts that you have bestowed on me during our times together on the mat.
Even through the vast physical distance between Canada and Australia, I will continue to reach out and stay connected with you via this monthly newsletter, videos and live streamings from classes in Australia.
I WILL BE RETURNING to Vancouver in September&October 2016 !! Yoga Holidays and Classes will be offered while I am in town, more details to come. I hope with ALL of my heart you will gather with me again in 2016.