our true nature is sat-chit-(but mostly)-ananda:
sat: identity, consciousness
chit: mindstuff, existence
ananda: ecstasy, bliss, samadhi
joy, happiness itself, complete at-easement
it’s been said that your belief in god; that which is the true reality, that which we have come from, will be revealed in our actions the moment before eating, if we take just a brief precious moment to give thanks, to offer back. this practice is beneficial in all things, not just when eating. for example, when beginning a practice. sometimes when i do my home asana practice, i forget to dedicate the practice, i’ll feel rushed, and wonder why i am doing this work.
if i set an elevated intention. generally, by means of the ancient mantra, lokah samastah sukihno bhavantu, the at-easement is instant, as counter-intuitive as it seems, by taking some time, we create more time, steadiness & joy.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनोभवंतु
May all beings everywhere, be happy and free.
And may the thoughts words and actions of my own life,
contribute, in some way,
to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
why that moment is important, to dedicate your practice, your life to the enhancement, happiness and liberation of others, why that’s so important is because yoga practices are trying to wake us up to the reality, that we are much much more than our limited body/mind container. than our limited personality. that we are divine, we are eternal, our nature is satchitānanda, our nature is love itself. our nature is happiness. this is revealed to us IF we are willing, to do actions, which will bring happiness to others, and not be so concerned with getting that happiness for ourselves.
so dedicating our practice with words like this ancient mantra, is the first step, and a very easy step in freeing ourselves from selfishness, and selfishness binds us. in ignorance, avidya, not knowing who we really are. not knowing our divine nature. our eternal nature. so we want to do everything possible to free us from the bind of selfishness, self concern, worry about am i getting enough, am i getting what i deserve. etc. etc. so, that’s the exploration. how to be more free, how to be more happy.