I just came back from a week in Southern Spain, a peaceful heart-opening experience with the Wisdom of Horses. Spending quiet time with the horses in this wonderful nature was a gift to myself that I can only warmly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the noises of everyday life.
Wisdom of Horses is offering a Christmas retreat from 21 to 27 December 2017.
The Medicine of the Horse – Awakening your inner strength from the heart
An opportunity to let go what is no longer serving you in your life and to start the new year with fresh energy. A week of celebration, embracing the dark with music, singing, poetry, meditation, sitting by the fireplace, good food and good company.
from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
1. Yoga is control of the mind.
Yoga means to control and still the swirling currents of thoughts in the mind.
If you can control the thoughts that arise and still them completely you are able to observe the world clearly and directly without the distortions of the ego. The ability to discipline the chattering mind is what takes us to the state of yoga.
When the turbulence stops and the lake of the mind becomes clear and still our true essence, our self, is reflected. Then the self can abide in its true nature. This is the goal. This is what we want to attain.
When we fail to still our minds, we mistakenly identify ourselves with the activities of the mind and become lost in our thoughts. We loose the true sense of who we are because we have lost sight of our true essence, our real inner self.