Inner Peace

During a typical yoga class, I often recite readings from various sources.  These readings could be from poets, teachers, authors, ancient texts, yogic teachings..whatever seems to fit the theme of the class.  My students have often told me that the readings are one of their favorite parts of class. With that in mind, I would like to share with you one of my favorites. 

The Symptoms of Inner Peace

Author Unknown

  1. A tendency to think and act deliberately, rather than from fear based on past experiences.
  2. An unmistaken ability to enjoy each moment.
  3. A loss of interest in judging others.
  4. A loss of interest in judging self.
  5. A loss of interest in conflict.
  6. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  7. A loss of ability to worry.
  8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  9. Contented feeling of connectedness with others and nature.
  10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the heart.
  11. Increasing susceptibility to kindness offered, and the uncontrollable urge to reciprocate.
  12. An increasing tendency to allow things to unfold, rather than resisting and manipulating.

Reflecting on these 12 “symptoms” may provide some insight into areas of your life that need extra attention.  We are all searching for a peaceful and joyous  heart and mind.  Yoga and meditation helps us to cultivate the inner peace that resides within all of us.