Review of the past week:
- How am I growing in my capacity to give and receive love?
- What helps me be a more loving person?
- How can I make Christ more known in the world through my thoughts, words, and actions?
The Week Ahead:
The second limb of the 8 limbs of raja yoga is the niyamas. These are the observances or attitudes centered on one’s personal discipline and practice. These five practices are focused on taking care of ourselves on a personal level. The first and most external – sauca – purity or cleanliness: keeping the body, mind, and surroundings free of clutter and impurities. The second – santosa – is contentment with and gratitude for who we are and what we have. The third – tapas – is practice causing positive change. The forth – svādhyāya – is the study of and by oneself. The fifth – ishvara-praṇidhāna – is reverence towards and faith in a higher intelligence or all-knowing God.
These practices create a more ideal condition for our body, soul, and spirit to receive God’s communication. Throughout Lent, we strive to create space in our inner landscape to love and connect with others, God, nature, and self.
- How do I care for myself as the vessel of God?
- This week ahead, how will I care for my body, mind, & soul?