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A Blessing

Feeling blessed and giving blessings is a common day experience here in Bali. After exposure to a non-blessed event by a westerner in a restaurant here in Bali I had to contemplate this for days. What is it in me that couldn't bless this situation, this person? It's too easy to relive bygone years, blame parents, siblings and so forth. Taking responsibility for ourself really means the 'Ability to Respond'. Having failed this miserably I needed to make sense of it. The simplicity of 'Yes to life', Power in the Now moment' from the heart always wins. Everyone wins! !

I needed to find something in this man to bless. The Balinese people have a gentle, open hearted way of living and relating, it's like a spiritual cleanse over it's people and visitors, similar to a warm relaxing spa. When we look for it we can find something in every one to bless. So I found a 'Back-up Blessing' that can be used in all situations, for all types of people, and it goes like this. Say sincerely to yourself,

"This person's out breath is feeding the plants". :)

Judging another person and feeling good doesn't co-exist. So the best thing to do is bless them and/or the situation. So when you experience a situation where you feel unfairly treated, cheated or spoken to offensively, don't take it personally and say sincerely to yourself,

"This situation / person has something to offer me, this is an opportunity to learn and grow. This person offers me a gift, if ! it wasn't for them I wouldn't learn the lesson"!

In Yogic terms this inner blessing of people and situations is another aspect of living with Santosha or contentment. In the Yoga Sutra's, Patanjali (sage or father of Yoga) laid out the Yamas (moral restraints) and Niyamas (observances), a set of 10 principles that are pivotal to one's progress along a yogic path. One of the Niyama's is Santosha ~ "contentment" , this is about being satisfied with the present moment, the resources at hand and not desiring more!

Fundamentally, "Yoga is about going beyond the desire for external things (which is the cause of suffering) and finding peace and happiness within."

The desire for external wealth can cause unhappiness on both a practical level and a spiritual one. In order to afford "things", you have to work long hours, leaving you less time for what truly sustains and strengthens you, that might be a yoga asana practice, meditation, your hobby, or time with your kids and friends.

It's difficult to go beyond the desire for external things when we see hundreds of ads implying that happiness lies in a new iPod, laptop, or car etc. Regardless of the TV ads and the subliminal messages they give us, those purchases don't equal happiness. What they do give us is a small spurts of feeling good for short periods of time. Many yogis and spiritual aspirants find that if they transcend their material cravings, they can lead more satisfying, though modest, lives.

In the Yoga Sutra's, the first Yama (moral restraints) is Ahimsa, you may have hear of it. It is translated as "nonviolence". It refers to not only physical harm but also the harm our words or thoughts can produce. What we think about ourselves or others can be as powerful as any physical harm. Practicing Ahimsa is to be constantly vigilant whilst observing our interactions with others and watching our thoughts and intentions.

Next time you're in an uncomfortable situation or interaction with another try practicing Ahimsa or Santosha and why not give a blessing, you'll feel better for it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maya Tampilang
from : Jakarta - Indonesia
Kate Nirlipta is an inspiring beautiful teacher, she taught me how to balance my unbalanced guna's, she gave encouragement with her compassion and I had special emotional moment through her session class. Thank you for guiding me to understand the "Svadhyaya" and the yoga lifestyle about "cleaning the mirror" and "spreading the light". Always love her meditation, relaxation and evening activity. Love the healing power of song "I am the light of my soul" every time I hear the song my heart & soul feels like a blooming lotus flower. I feel so blessed to have you as my teacher and you have helped me to spread my wings…absolutely transforming. Terima kasih banyak ibu cantik. Love always


Robyn Sedgwick
from : Australia
I am delighted to recommend Kate Nirlipta to anyone at all who is interested in experiencing heart based wisdom through embodied yoga. She is simply the best yoga teacher I have been fortunate enough to learn from. Her approach remains influential in my own practice and teaching. Kate first inspired me fifteen years ago to practice yoga. I was an ex dance teacher still grappling with issues resulting from a car accident and a crushed T12. Her sensitive and knowledgable teaching helped me discover a new way of experiencing my self and my body and began my love affair with the transformative power of yoga on all levels. She also introduced me to the incredible practice of Yoga Nidra . Last year in 2012 I attended a yoga teacher training intensive in Bali largely for the opportunity to again learn from Kate. Her mastery as a teacher and her heart felt warmth and compassion was acknowledged and highly valued by all in the course who were wide ranging in age and cultural backgrounds. She embodies her teaching and has encouraged us all to find our own authentic way to do this in our practice and the classes we offer. I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn from her and would encourage anyone of any age or experience to take to opportunity to learn from this outstanding teacher.


Jacki, Narooma
from : NSW, Australia
I love yoga with Kate! Yoga day is my favourite day of the week, a special time I dedicate to myself.
Kate has shown me that yoga is so much more than postures and stretches.Her knowledge and experience is shared gently with love and kindness.The Breathing Space studio is filled with loving, healing energy. Natural light floods the room, the birds sing in the garden and the ocean waves area gentle sigh in the distance. A very special place to practice yoga and meditation.
I feel blessed to have found Kate and her classes. Her yoga is the real deal, truly a mind, body and spirit experience. Thank you Kate.


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