Abundant WellBeing

Developing Devoted Practice, Abhyasa

Developing Devoted Practice, Abhyasa

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 1, 2014 In last week’s blog, I talked about Abhyasa (Devoted Practice) and Vairagya (Remembering the Self)–the vital duo that team to elevate our consciousness and bring us union with the True Self. This week, let’s talk more about Abhyasa. What is the purpose of that Devoted Practice/Abhyasa? In Sutra 1.13 of the Yoga Sutras of Raja Yoga, we find the answer: Sutra 1.13 Devoted Practice, Abhyasa,...

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Two Components to Reunion With Your True Self

Two Components to Reunion With Your True Self

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 18, 2014. We all want to soar in our yoga practice and spiritual growth. In the Yoga Sutras, Sri Patanjali talks about the importance of teaming devoted spiritual practice with remembrance of the True Self. Both are vital to our spiritual advancement. Book 1, Sutra 12 Consciousness is elevated by  Abhyasa (devoted practice) and Vairagya (remembering the self). Here are two necessary components to reunite us...

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The Rhythm of the Spirit: Honor Your Intuition

The Rhythm of the Spirit: Honor Your Intuition

by Nischala Joy Devi. December 7, 2013. Before we begin to formulate a word or even a thought, a feeling is experienced that stems from a vibration. This vibration that triggers the feeling is then translated into a thought, a thought to a word, a word to writing—a complex process that happens in a heartbeat. When we read, the word is connected to a thought, which then traces back to a feeling or sensation. It happens so quickly and often that...

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Keep Your Heart Light

Keep Your Heart Light

by Nischala Joy Devi. October 3, 2013. In ancient Egypt, after death, the heart was removed from the body to be measured against the weight of a feather. If the heart was found to be heavier than the feather’s weight, the person was considered not ready for admission to heaven. The scale, although normally the measure of physical weight, was thought to reveal the degree of emotional heaviness held in the heart. The lighthearted were...

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Asteya: Never Miss An Opportunity to Give

Asteya: Never Miss An Opportunity to Give

by Nischala Joy Devi. September 14, 2013.   Asteya: Abiding in generosity and honesty, material and spiritual prosperity is bestowed. -The Yoga Sutras This wonderful teaching from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Asteya, is one of the ethical teachings of yoga. Asteya encompasses not only generosity with money and giving of things, but also generosity with time and giving from our hearts. As we start to bring Asteya into our lives, we can see...

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