Saturday, November 15, 2008

servant or master

"I will still practice (yoga) 'til the last breath of my life so that I do not become a servant of the mind, but rather a master of the mind." --B.K.S. Iyengar

I must admit lately I've been feeling much more like a servant of the mind than a master of it. I am at least aware when my monkey mind (swinging from thought to thought to thought) has taken over, but I have been struggling to get it to stop. This past week, I talked with a lot of upset kids, and I often feel like I too easily absorb the energy of those around me. Between this energy and my monkey mind, I am feeling unsettled. I will continue to breathe and check in with present, so that I will have a few moments when I can say I'm the master of my mind rather than a servant to it.

On a completely different topic, I am so excited to see the sun shining today! For the past three days, it has been very overcast and cold, cold, cold! Winter has definitely arrived. Last night, hubby built us our first cozy fire of the winter season. Love, love, love the smell, sound, and ambiance of a fire. Yesterday, I also got a little birthday cash from my dad, and I was thrilled to find the cutest ever arm warmers and scarf at Target last night...perfect for the upcoming winter months.

Here are a few things I enjoy during the wintery season:

*warm, cozy, fires
*lampe berger "heavenly spruce" scented oil
*fun arm warmers, scarves, and hats
*cute coats
*yoga flow in a well heated room
*hot baths
*lounging around the house in my warm, soft robe with slippers
*hot cocoa

Here is a mantra for the day:

"I always have the ability to take a breath, be still, and be the master of my mind."

Namaste'
Yogadiva

5 comments:

Miracle said...

I LOVE the new pics! :)

Lynne from NY said...

I enjoy reading your blog! There is always something that strikes a chord and resonates within me.

Your new photos are lovely. Those shades of blue - may have to stop by Target on my way home today!

Where does one get Lampe Berger products? Have not heard of them here.

Yogadiva said...

I buy Lampe Berger products at a locally owned store called Makes Scents. You can also go to lampeberger.com to purchase products. The Lampe Berger oil burners come in all shapes, sizes, and prices...they are like small pieces of art. I love them for multiples reasons: 1. They are beautiful. 2. They make my whole house smell lovely. 3. They are safer than candles especially since I have 2 pups and 2 cats.
4. They don't just cover scents, they actually purify the air. (I know I sound like a commercial here, but I really do love these products!)

I wore my arm warmers and scarf for the first time yesterday, and loved them so much I went back to Target and also go the pink/red ones. These will defintely be a staple of mine this winter!
Namaste'
Yogadiva

Caroline said...

Loving the pics! You are so cute in your scarf and arm warmers. I looking forward to heading to the Midwest in a few days to get my chill on! I miss the change seasons and the cold (only for a few days though...I'm a wimp). But I love a warm fire!

Lynne from NY said...

Thanks for sharing the info...I will check out Lampe Berger.

Pink is even better! Imagine my surprise when I went to show my friend your cute blue scarf and the pink pix were up too. I did a double take.

Stay warm...we're getting 3 inches of snow here tonite (upstate NY).