The yoga sutras tell us that if we want to be successful at yoga, our practice must be steady and consistent, performed over time and done with love. In this way, we foster steadiness in our lives and thoughts.
The bodhisattva is an enthusiastic spiritual practitioner who devotes their life to service and awakening. They do this for the good of themselves, and even more so for the love of all beings.
Vow to show up…pay little attention to any worries about when to practice, what technique, what length of time. The most important thing is to arrive, set our intention to bring our practice to life.
Vow to share…harness the goodness we cultivate and offer it to the world. Through sharing, we ensure this stays alive in our collective hearts and minds.
Vow to notice…our practice is a tool for unearthing and tethering ourselves to the qualities of peace, faith, love, and patience. These benefits show up unannounced when we least expect them and when we most need them. Realize, embrace, notice this gift.
Take our seat, be at ease.
Thank ourselves for taking the time to show up and practice.
Whatever we commit to, wherever we put our energy, will flourish.
Like any relationship, be it yoga practice, a marriage, a business, if it is to grow, there has to be a commitment.
Bring our hands to our heart.
Bow our head in appreciation of these commitments we make to ourselves and others.
I am the bodhisattva of my life, a noble and awakened heart.
I vow to show up.
I vow to share.
I vow to notice.
May this practice fall like a snowflake into the hearts and minds of those in need.
– Author and Yoga Teacher, Gabrielle Harris