Issue 25 – Patanjali’s Sutra – Yoga Is the Neutralization of the Vortices of Feeling
In this issue of Practical Spiritual Life Magazine you’ll find:
- • Note from Nayaswami Kamala
- We, who are light workers, or aspiring light workers, have been born at this time for a reason.
- • Yoga Is the Neutralization of the Vortices of Feeling
- Patanjali's definition of yoga is both simple and profound, but the implications are vast. As soon as we can neutralize our attachments, we automatically awaken to our true state of unity with the Infinite.
- • I Am the Bubble – A Chant by Paramhansa Yogananda
- Listen to this beautiful chant and feel the soul's longing.
- • Patience
- Affirmation and Prayer for Self-Healing
- • Emotion vs Feeling
- Feeling is the essence of awareness, of consciousness. The experience of God is a feeling. But what about our emotions?
- • The Transformative Power of Gratitude
- This is such a simple habit that we often forget to practice. But it can transform our entire perspective, and our whole life.
- • Be Thankful
- What to give thanks for and why.
- • Grateful: A Love Song to the World
- • Superhero Capes Empowering Kids
- An inspiring story of a mom offering hope to kids facing challenges of illness or disability.
- • 21 Quotes on Gratitude
- Set a deeper intention for your Thanksgiving holiday.
- • Thanksgiving Letter
- Every day should be a day of Thanksgiving for all the gifts of Life which we receive as from the Great Giver.
This issue continues our series on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. First, we explore the deeper meanings in the second sutra about our feeling nature. Our feelings are not to be suppressed, as some think, but calmed and channeled upward to serve us in both our worldly and our spiritual lives.
Our experience of the divine comes to us through our feelings. God is bliss; God is love; God is peace. We all want this personal experience. But we get attached to outward things and our calm feelings become agitated emotions. We get excited, upset, angry, thrown off our centers and we forgot our connection with spirit. I talk about this in the article, “Emotions vs Feeling.”
Then in honor of the season, there are some helpful and inspiring articles on gratitude. Gratitude is one of best ways of neutralizing our emotional ups and downs. And as such, it is maybe the most important spiritual practice—for all year not just Thanksgiving. The practice of thankfulness transforms our consciousness and attracts more blessings into our lives.
The forces of evil and darkness seem to be increasing exponentially now. Every day there’s some new horror. There doesn’t seem to be any end or solution in sight.
We are in a crucial planetary transition that has been going on for several hundred years. You can see the evidence all around you. The old dark age was based on materialism—rules and form. Now we’ve moved into an age of energy. Even scientists are discovering that the universe is fundamentally energy and consciousness, not matter.
So there’s a planetary battle going on between the consciousness of the old dark age and the new age of energy. And what we’re seeing is the result of a mixture: people with medieval consciousness acting with the technology and increased energy of the new age.
We, who are light workers, or aspiring light workers, have been born at this time for a reason. We have the blessing and opportunity for great spiritual progress in this lifetime.
We must not—even in little things—succumb to fear, despair, hopelessness, anger. Letting our consciousness sink into negativity only increases the energy and power of the dark forces.
I know this is difficult—I’m struggling myself—especially if you’ve been personally affected. But we must do our best. What choice do we have, really?
We must be strong and brave in ourselves. And have faith in the Divine plan.
With gratitude and blessings,
Creator and Founder, Practical Spiritual Life Magazine