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Archive for December, 2013

Holiday Greetings

Dear Readers of this blog and Mahasri Yoga, from over 100 countries and 2000 cities

Photo credit: www.chemistryviews.org

Our warmest wishes for the holidays
May the new year bring peace, joy, light into hearts and homes

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Are we able to experience happiness without anxiety? Is there anything that is not shadowed by anxiety or fear, some insecurity? For me, this has been a year of learning about anxiety and fear in preparation for our Mahasri Yoga July 2013 charity fundraiser (for BVMI) “Yoga for Fear and Anxiety”. The interest continues so in this post I would like to share, “The Anxiety of Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg in the December 16 online newsletter by the Mind & Life Institute. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

We often begin our meditation with a reflection on a passage or poem and Sharon does this in her writing with a section of Robert Frost’s poem Escapist-Never:

His life is a pursuit of a pursuit forever.
It is the future that creates his present.
All is an interminable chain of longing.

Here is the crux of the matter: “There is an anxiety in happiness that is solely based on the experience of pleasure (as nice as it is) because along with that dependence comes a need for the pleasure not to change.”

For the complete writing and the little frog story, please click on the link above.

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Are winter blues or holiday pains building up? Family is a major source of stress everywhere and holidays mean dealing with these conflicted relationships. There are excellent free online resources that can be helpful and here are some. So much is shared and given by many, gifted with great generosity–as we receive these rich gifts it helps to give back as well in whatever way we can.

The New York Times Expert Column

To understand the emotional chemistry, math, and have good strategies for family conflicts and rifts The New York Times has an excellent Expert column “Negotiating Conflicts, Part: 1 Family Grudges” by Sheila Heen. Ms. Heen lectures at Harvard Law School and specializes in negotiations. Look out for the other parts, the next one is on holiday conflicts.

Mahasri Yoga Online Breathing and Meditation Tracks

For immediate as well as long-lasting emotional relief, breathing practices and guided meditations are very helpful. There are seven tracks for pranayama/breathing tracks on http://www.mahasriyoga.com/pranayama/tracks.html. The guided meditation practices on http://www.mahasriyoga.com/meditation/tracks.html are longer and include the popular Satyananda-based yoga nidras–there are five yoga nidras and “Role of Purpose and Beyond” can help us see ourselves as others see us as well enable us to see someone else’s point of view. These can complement the information in the Times column.

Yoga International

Taking the mind and awareness from the turmoil of the mind, the emotion of the heart, to the depth of the tranquil ocean of the abdominal and pelvic area provides relief from anxiety and stress. Try the easy asanas/yoga poses described in Yoga for Emotional and Physical Stability by Shari Friedrichsen in the May 2013 issue of Yoga International.

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