November 24, 2012 by blogmasterjdeam
As an experiment, I believe I can say this plan has worked. My heart has softened, I am kinder, gentler, more in love with all mankind. I am content, filled with wonder and amazement, at peace, and I’ve developed a new habit: happiness.
So how exactly did the practice of The Eight Limbs of Yoga help me? First off, it wasn’t just the Eight Limbs; spending five days with Ram Dass in Maui was perfect timing during my journey: I was ready to receive the teaching.
The Eight Limbs did, however, give me structure. It kept me on the path toward happiness every day. Remember when I wrote about how many hours it takes of practice in order to achieve a level of proficiency? 10,000 hours. (Malcolm Gladwell in The Outliers)
Between asana, meditation, writing this blog, and practicing on other people the Yamas and Niyamas, I believe I’ve devoted at least ten hours each day to the goal. When I’m finished that will be close to 1000 hours. Apparently I’ll have to continue this practice for another 900 days in order to reach absolute proficiency. I think that’s not a bad way to live. Because, you see, I can’t go back. I can no longer not know.
Why fear this moment when no thoughts come at last I lie naked in the arms of experience
why fear this moment when no words come at last I find rest in the lap of silence
why fear this moment when love finds itself alone at last I am embraced by infinity itself
why fear this moment when judgment falls away at last my defenses fail to keep intimacy at bay
why fear this moment when hope is lost at last my foolish dreams are surrendered to perfection
Fearlessly yours, Chris