15: The Yoga of Relationships

dalai lama love quoteYoga is the science of unification. It joins you to your breath, to your movement, to your thoughts, and to your deepest sense of self. It also gives guidelines of how to be in relationships with others. The five ethical precepts of the Yamas point our spiritual practice into connection ( being truthful, not stealing, not grasping, using your energy wisely and kindness) to those you come into contact with.

The Dalai lama said, ‘the best relationship you have is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other‘. By this he means that we don’t look to others to complete us or feed us what we need but we love them for the sake of loving big, not what we can get out of the situation. My most difficult poses are the ones when I am dealing with those close to me, vying for what I want over their needs.

Here is some more sage advice from the Lama to help you form a better sense of relationship in your yoga practice today;

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. Follow the three R’s:
– Respect for self,
– Respect for others and
– Responsibility for all your actions.
3. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
4. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
5. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
6. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

Practice for today: How can you be happier today by loving more? Put aside your needs and wants and open your arms wide.

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