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The last two months we have looked at the forces of transformation and creation. This month we will look at the force of preservation. This piece of the Hindu trinity is represented by Vishnu and Lakshmi.  The middle stage of the cycle can bring order and comfort, patience and perseverance. It is also where we operate a lot of the time.

“A practice becomes firmly established when attended to for a long time, with out a break, and done with enthusiasm” YS 1.14

Sometimes we are preserving something that is no longer serving us, creating unhelpful habits.  And sometimes we are working to preserve something wonderful. Either way we spend a lot of prana working on preservation. The middle piece of the cycle is where we learn, and become more advanced.  When you practice regularly, you gain the benefits of yoga. The more you practice the more you learn. Years into my practice I realized I had not advanced at all really, in a long time. I got stuck in the habit of yoga, I still went to classes and did my practice, but I was not progressing, I wasn’t learning.  My commitment was wavering and I was losing my connection to the practice. I had lost my enthusiasm. Then we found Mike and Charlotte. They taught us how to dive into the deep end of the yoga practice. My teacher Mike would say  “any thing you love, you want to do better at that thing”.  When I brought the love back into my practice, it was refreshed and I advanced very quickly for awhile. Even after that wore off, the joy and engagement I had learned to bring to my practice was still here. Yes, it may be the 300th time I have done warrior two, but I stay enthusiastic about it.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele ( Brazilian soccer star)

The Bhagavad Gita is a very well read text. It is a conversation between a man and god, or Ajuna and Krishna. Krishna is an avatar or incarnation of Vishnu. He comes to earth to help Ajuna bring order back to his war torn society. They talk abut yoga and life, getting into some basic concepts like karma and dharma. The text makes some interesting points about living a spiritual and moral life.

“Fulfill all your duties. Action is better than inaction. Even to maintain your body Arjuna you are obliged act” The Bhagavad Gita

So look at preservation this month. What are you holding on to that you may not need anymore? How are you working towards your goals? What are you enthusiastic about?

“Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world.” the Bhagavad Gita

When we work for the welfare of the world, we work for the welfare of ourselves. In yoga we believe it’s all one. I encourage you to see what happens when you act from a place of love. Put your heart into it, and see where it takes you!

~Love and light, Robin

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