Many people fall into ruts in life, where each day drags in monotonous predictable emptiness.
Each of us needs a going toward, something to be aiming the consciousness and heart toward that keeps life growing. This becomes even more important once a person is no longer young.
Yoga as the 8 limbed path - ashtanga yoga - is best pictured as 8 concentric layers.
The 8 layers lead progressively inward - inward past my physical body and bioenergetic body into the still place within my own spinal cord and brain. This samaadhi or total absorption allows me to be completely One with the moment and with All That Is, where the endless unfolding of the panorama of life is viewed in ever-new bliss.
Along the journey inward, in the second limb, is svaadhyaaya - luminous Self study.
This luminous Self study implies a study that will bring me out of my little world and into an EXPANDED awareness of why am I alive. Traditionally it involves ritual and chanting to one's lineage of Divine masters so that one felt that Presence awakening inside; and also the study of sacred scriptures, whose information we would grow in understanding as our years progressed.
For non-religious Westerners, studies like art, music, science and even learning a new language are possibilities. I have been inspired by life long learners like Georgia O'Keefe who took up painting late in life.
The growth of our Santosha school and the deep yearning I see in so many of your hearts is testament to me that the Vedas (wisdom texts of ancient times) are indeed coming alive in a new land.
Encouraging you to keep your childlike, innate curiosity for learning alive and sacred - blessed week to you -