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Consistency

Consistency is aliveness , aliveness is life.

The theme for this blog is - Consistency, a good reminder for us to stay connected to what we do. One of the elements we miss in the practice is to stay consistent. Without consistency there is no experience in the practice. Intellectually knowing is not experience, knowing and doing the work is experience.

 

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Consistency is an attitude.
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An attitude of the body and mind. It is a mind set, to align with the nature’s way of life. It is an attitude to be part of the truth of the practice. 

 

Consistency comes in the practice when we are willing to walk on fire. Practice is fire. The walk happens when we know why we are part of practice. As a practitioner, we must first know why. The answer keeps our hearts and minds anchor and alive, to be on the path. All paths are full of obstacles. Most of the time the path is not easy. There are many challenges along the way, both internal and external.

 

However, when one is wholeheartedly connected with the practice, it does not matter how tough the practice is, the heart that is fueled with love will remember the light. Hence, we shall continue with the deepest intention in the heart. Intention is a key to be part of the beauty and love, the deeper reality. To be part of the deeper reality of the practice, one must have an unwavering and uncompromising attitude towards the practice. Attitude is the start, and then comes the knowledge - the understanding on how to be part of the flow in a healthy way. 

 

Consistency happens when knowledge is presence. Knowledge is as important in the practice as the attitude and action. Without knowledge, the flow is restricted. There should be a balance between knowing and doing. Too much knowledge is confusion and insufficient knowledge is limitation. Accumulating too much knowledge is just another trap where we miss the part of doing the work. Knowledge that we need in the practice should come naturally and sequentially. When the practice is sequential, short cut and limitation fade away, so do ache and pain. This allows us to move with ease.

 

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Consistency is balance.
It is the balance between pause and participation.

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Pause to reflect, re-inspire and reconnect. When the heart is fueled with enough understanding and clarity, we participate with awareness that brings out the best in us. At times, consistency is being taken in a wrong way, that it is seen as an over effort, and over effort does not work. Over effort actually pushes us backward in the practice. The harder we push in the practice, the harder we bounce back. Consistency should be slow and steady without breaking the flow of focus.

 

There is a story of Buddha - When Buddha was trying to understand the deeper reality of life, he came across this saying: "When you tighten the strings of a musical instrument too hard, the strings break; when the strings are too loose, melody is hard to create”. When Buddha heard this message, he was awakened. Similarly, if we tighten ourselves with too much effort, we will break. Too little effort, it is hard to be part of the deeper flow. Hence, there should always be a balance approach in the practice.

 

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Consistency doesn’t not mean just doing the work.
It also means doing the work with one method and principle for a long period of time
before we invite the next principle.

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This gives us time to fully understand the principle with a deeper insight on how life could be simple and abundance simultaneously. Moving out to be part of different method is easy and we will only stay on the surface of the practice. Staying in one method is one of the hardest works. However, if we stay, we will move vertically in life and practice. 

 

Even when we are consistent in the practice, sometimes some of the doors take longer time to unlock. When we experience that, we stay focus and patience. We keep doing our parts even in the time of limitation. In the time of limitation, the mind tends to go after something else to get happiness and freedom. However, this should be the place where we ought to stay awake and connected to the practice.

 

Instead of aligning with the practice, many will choose to escape and jump from one practice to another practice. Once we start jumping we are swayed by the tease of life, we become "Jack of all trades, and master of none”. Life is full of teases. Tease is just a temporary form of happiness and joy. In deeper sense, we are simply losing the practice. As practitioners, we must remember that in the process of unfolding, there are teases here and there. We acknowledge these teases as they are but stay connected to our practice with wholehearted devotion. This way we can understand the pattern of the practice and understanding the pattern is growth, strength and freedom.

 

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When we are truly connected to the practice, it bestows blessing upon us. _______________________________________________________________________________

 

Our practice turns into our life philosophy, that is hidden in the practice. All the great inspirational books we read comes from authors' consistent exploration and work. In their books, they are expressing their experience and understanding of their practices. 

 

To be in the flow of the practice, we tend to surround ourselves with similar minded people. Working alone is really hard, though it is possible, it takes tremendous effort to stay consistent. If we do the work together, there will be support and guidance amongst ourselves to stay alive on the path of knowing. We will be walking the path of experience and knowing together. And it is beautiful.

 

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Be consistent and allow the practice to unfold sequentially so that the path
is healthy for the body and mind.
Consistency is a way to sync the body and mind.
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To move sequentially we must find the method that resonates with us, and do the work with uncompromising attitude and clarity. If the method cannot provide us with the progress, simplicity and ease in the flow, then we must reflect and understand what is the purpose of the practice. It is a reminder for us to stay sharp and consistent. When we know why, we are reconnected with our fundamental intention again and we are open to the journey again. When the flow of awareness is consistent, there is deeper understanding of the journey. The mystery and secret of the practice is unveiled. We would understand that the practice is just a sequential opening and experience within. 

 

All process starts with the effort of doing and then it leads us to undoing. Consistency is a way to experience that. Someone who is consistent in the practice eventually experience simplicity. Simplicity is a way of life. Simplicity provides freedom, peace, love, happiness and joy. Someone who maintains simplicity has a deeper understanding in life than someone who is trying too hard. Advanced work is a grand play and grand play is created by the simple action and knowledge. Maintain simplicity and you are free. When you are free enough in the body and mind, consistency is possible. 

To be part of the greater love, choose a path wisely. Be consistent to your art and you will be showered wth the beauty and love.

 

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All experiences are hidden within consistency,
just like all lives are hidden within Prana.

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Relax and continue…


Consistency is experience.
Consistency is aliveness. 
Aliveness is life. 
Be Life!

 

May we remember to stay consistent and do the work with understanding and love to become Love.

Om Shakti.

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Slowing down is a blessing!

The animals that have the longest life span in the planet are elephants and turtles. The key is being slow. I trust we can live a happy, long life if we slow down enough too. Think about it!

 

I have been living and teaching yoga in Hong Kong, a fast-paced city, for more than a decade. It is easy to be driven by this pace of the city and become overly affected by it. This was how it used to be for me. Now, this pace and energy affects me a lot less as Hong Kong is the perfect place for me to practice slowing down and finding ease. It is an opportunity for me to practice mindfulness. Through slowing down, I have learned to catch up with myself, my teachings, and other aspects of my life. It has also helped me to see things I have missed in my past.


Slowing down is not a step back, but a step forward for the 'Aha' moments, to see the reality as it is. Slowing down is a blessing!


It is a blessing because it provides us the space to witness ourselves, by witnessing who we are, what we do and how things are laying in front of us. Knowing what we are, what we do and how we are being part of the flow create a shift in us, to recognize Happiness, Love, Peace and Freedom.

 

Slowing down is a great way to tame the body, mind and energy. Slowing down is a chance for us to anchor our own being, to be part of ourselves. An anchored body and mind, allows sufficient space to see the reality as it is, with clarity in every given moment. A mind that is spacious has the understanding to see the patterns we make and by understanding the pattern, it gives us a way out of the continual suffering and pain.

 

Slowing down though is awkward for the busy mind in the beginning. The space between actions is weird to the busy mind. The awkwardness itself is the moment of sharpness coming in us. This is the moment where we can be part of the gap and feel settled. But the gap can be so powerful that it can flip us back to the limited pattern again through impulsive actions. We all know intellectually that slowing down is needed in our lives to find the ease and to be part of clarity. However, when situations hit us, we forget how to slow down. This is simply because we lack the practice of slowing down.

 

The moment of the gap is good for us to refresh and reconnect. To know how we are feeling and doing. The moment of reflection, though short, is a great way for us stay at home, at our heart. When we feel at home, we restart with softness and bring precision into the practice. Precision is what helps us create shift in life and in our practice. Even when we are resting, we rest with enough alertness. 

 

The world view of slowing down is giving the mind a chance to roam, to rest freely and to do things mindlessly. When the mind gets a chance to roam freely, the mind starts to get disoriented.


The mind needs something to hold onto in order to stay sharp and spacious. Giving attention to the things we do is a great way to train the mind and stay awake.


Even when we are resting, we give attention to how we are resting. Wakefulness and precision has to be present in all aspect of life. Awareness and precision in the practice help us how to be part of inner joy.

 

To experience inner joy in our whole being, we must invite the attitude of ease into the practice. Ease itself is joy. Inner joy is present when ease is present moment to moment.  Inner joy is not just the end goal, it has to be present from the start, in the interim and at the end. This can be maintained when we slow down enough. Inner joy is an unbroken flow of life. To recognize and experience that we must have an understanding of what is inner joy and how to be part of it. When we have a better perspective, we move with ease and clarity. 

 

We want to be part of the outer world and we should enjoy it. However, to enjoy the outer world, we must not fluctuate with our inner world. When we lose the inner connection, no matter how hard we try, we struggle. Pain and suffering that comes in life and practice, is a reminder that we are disconnected with the inner source of life. 

 

Life is grace not a race. When we think life is a race, this mentality takes us away from peace of mind and clarity. The more we move from this state of mind, the more struggle and suffering we are inviting in our lives. Even when we have started the practice with great intention, we somehow lose the spark of the practice and heart because of the race. We lose touch with the ease and peace. That means we move away from love. 

 

We have always been in a race to be part of the highest. And in this race we have forgotten to recognize that we are everything. The more we slow down and stay aware, the more we can recognize and experience we are the highest in stages.  

 

So, slow down and let the universe unfold itself and to be part of the mystery! It will require a tremendous amount of trust and patience. The more you stay open to the moment to moment of life, the more you will recognize how the universe works with us, and, it has always been like that, just the race that we are in has disconnected us from the deeper source of life.


To recognize and be part of it, put aside five to ten minutes for yourself to reflect on your day every evening.


This is a simple way to trust and reconnect to the subtle practice that life offers.

We are surrounded from the simplest to the most intricate beauties in life. We have the natural longing to experience it. It has always been within us. Our hearts speak to that. It makes us move forward and it’s the start of the beautiful ride. When our hearts are oriented to be part of the beauty, we do not have to rush. Inner joy starts with softness and slowing down, not rushing. Rushing makes us forget things. Rushing is skipping. Skipping is a shortcut. Shortcut is a limitation. When we rush, we move with impulsiveness. Impulsiveness makes us forget the simplest knowledge. We forget how to realize the beauty hidden in the simplest things. Forgetfulness brings us to a place of restriction.

 

When we remember the importance of slowing down, we reconnect with a better perspective and action. If we slow down and learn to stay awake, it brings us to the state of wakefulness, mindfulness and gentleness, the experience naturally becomes better. We don't have to run for the better experience, experience naturally flows towards us. This is the beauty of life. Slow down and look at the pattern with softness and gentleness without frustration and losing the interest of the practice. Reframe the mind when the mind is reflective and clear. Allow this attitude to guide us to become the master of our own craft eventually.

 

To be a part of the untouched and unknown state of the practice, we must remember to slow down enough and stay awake. This allows us to experience the highest and we started to tap into the deeper dimensions within us. The unbroken flow of life starts to emerge in us. We eventually get to the place where we will have a great appreciation for life.

 

Slow down and enjoy the ride that life offers you and be a part of that ride with an open heart and a clear mind. The spark of life or practice is hidden within each step we take. Not just the beginning or the end, also every step of the way. We must learn to be a part of each step with delight and remind ourselves that life is a journey.


When we learn to be part of each step, the inspirations just spill out in front of us. The trust in life comes naturally.


The vision starts to look sharper and more vivid. We naturally invite ourselves to continue to be part of the play and through enjoying that play, we eventually recognize that we are part of the play; we are the player — and the play itself.

 

May we remember to slow down just enough in all aspects of life and witness with softness and gentleness, to recognize what is necessary to be a part of the play with our best intention and effort.

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Recognition is Love

For weeks I have been contemplating on how to start this blog. I feel difficult to translate the experience into words. I'm reminding myself while I'm writing this blog that the process will unfold when I learn to stay in put and be part of it. The more I do it, the better I get in what I do. Refinement comes through mindful participation!

This month I choose this title - "Recognition is love”. This title came to me as a flash of wisdom to awaken and inspire me. When we learn to step back, unplug from the fluctuation and stay awake with softness, grace comes in to show us the path of love.

Recognition is love! Genuine recognition brings the tears of joy which cleanses us inside out. Wakefulness comes in when we pause and soften. Softness helps us to organize our heads and hearts, then synchronicity in body and mind take place. If we feel regret or limitation from contemplation, then recognition hasn't been taken place fully yet. Stay with softness consciously and the door will open naturally. 

Sometimes it takes time to recognize the deeper love. I was doing back and forth to find clarity, in Love. In the flux of life, the more I learn to relax consciously, the more I could rearrange my head and the more I could walk the path with clarity.


Recognition of love comes from the place of softness and stillness.

Softness and stillness guide us how to integrate in life. These two elements anchored me in my own well being. Moving from this state is love, and being in love. Openness to life happens naturally. We open ourselves to the mystery of life.

We do the practice to bring clarity, however after that the tendency is to flip back into limitation. This is what I caught myself doing. After being settled and spacious in the mind and heart, I was putting the energy back into the past thinking about how to undo the past or how I could have done it better. We can never undo the past. When a cup is broken, you can reattach it back together but it will never be the same. What we can do now is to be mindful to this given moment and participate in it consciously. 

The moment I connect to the past limited event, I was losing the connection to be part of the wakefulness. The more I indulge myself in the past, the more I lost contact with the moment of life. 

However, my further contemplation with softness showed me what I was doing and saved me. Recognition came in. Reminded myself past is past, I learned from it and continue to do what I resonate with and maintain openness to the further flow in life. This way I could open myself to the mystery of life rather than misery. This was a very subtle learning for me where I could recognize the inner current of life. This was simply my recognition of love for me.

We are all going through different flavors of experiences. Experience has to be there to recognize the deeper love and love is the innate calling of the heart. When the experience comes, to have a better perspective of the experience, we need to maintain a quiet mind. Though sometimes it is hard to maintain a quiet mind because of the intensity of our experience.  In the beginning its hard to soften and quiet down. It takes time and mindful effort.  What we need to do is to stay connected to the practice of softness and silence first, without even analyzing on how to come out of the limitation. Then, the more we maintain the practice of softening and quieting, the more we are sharper in the mind to clear the things that are not serving us to grow spiritually. 

Experience is an imprint. Imprint of past experience is always present in us. We can’t deny the imprint. Feeling of regret may arise. When it comes, we stay soft and settle first. Once we feel home in the body and mind, then we can look for the highest knowledge on how to make things better without feeling regret or mad to do the work. Aware participation is freedom. Awareness is love.

Life feels melodious when we pause to soften. These days, life is so busy and fast that we have forgotten to tap into the inner current of life and move from it. Life is losing it's soothing melody. Life flows graciously when we recognize the subtle wisdom that holds us together.

To recognize the inner current of life, we must step back from the continual effort and value our inner world. Valuing the world within and listening to ones' own heart can move us from the place of darkness to light. 


Freedom is not cheap. Freedom won’t take place in one day.  We are able to taste freedom by doing the work mindfully.  When the effort is present, we move from the place of doing to undoing. Life is about that, doing to recognize that we are love.  

Deeper love could be recognized through meditation. When we start to embrace the silence, we go through some fluctuations. Fluctuation is already a shift. When the shift is taking place we flip back to the past pattern. Why? Because the silence is so powerful and intense. It dominates the mind and mind doesn't like it.

Embracing the silence is not easy especially if the mind is used to the noise. It is difficult for the mind to be part of silence . Noise is entertaining and mind loves the colorful flavors coming in. However, to be part of the deeper reality of life, noise has to be cut down. Silence is necessary. Silence is the death of violence. End of violence is love. When we start to be part of the silence, love starts to grow in us and we eventually recognize that we are love.

Choosing right happens when we give ourselves space to soften. Softness is strength. Mindful softening provides graciousness to life where higher recognition takes place. Recognition is freedom and love. Like music, it only sounds good when pauses are presence between the notes. The pauses between the notes make the music melodious. Continuous notes are noises. Over effort is noise. Noise is irritation to the mind and body, where synchronicity disappears. 

Through the quiet practice, I have learned to embrace the silence. Silence gives chance to undo the pattern.  Silence nourishes us. The more I embrace quiet time and create space for myself, the more potent the flow of life has become for me. 


Recognition is love.
Love is freedom.
Freedom is You.
Recognize You! 
Pause, soften and be free.

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Reflection and the new beginning!

2017 has just begun…..There is a lot happening in my world and I believe some of you are experiencing the same. What we are experiencing is a message for us to create the better flow in life and practice. We all have been receiving the message from the beginning, to have a clear view in life. To get the essence of the message, we must learn to pause and reflect. Reflection puts us on the path of love when it is done with understanding. Life is about self love, the recognition of self love and self acceptance in universal sense. When the love is present within us, we naturally move out with the same love outwardly as well. This year I'm choosing consciously to be part of higher love.. 

Yoga has taught me a lot and one of the key elements I have learned from yoga is reflection, the meaning of reflection and how crucial the reflection is to maintain greater love towards ourselves and others. Life is about love and celebration of that love. To be part of that love we must have enough understanding. Understanding gives different height to the things that we are aligned with, hence the flow of life becomes meaningful. 

I'm consciously choosing to let go of some of the perceptions that I have held onto previously. We are always in motions in our lives and the motions change our perceptions because of different experiences over time. With the experiences we shift to align with the highest recognition, the beauty of life.

Letting go is a natural process in life. It is part of the practice and part of life. If we observe our surroundings mindfully, Nature is always teaching us. Letting go is a meaningful practice when it is done with understanding. However, sometimes your understanding might not resonate with others, and it is okay, if you are moving with the universal understanding then it's all good. 


Letting go comes from the place of appreciation, the deepest connection of the heart.

Letting go doesn't mean that we abandon things in one corner and forget about it and are not caring. Caring is letting go. Taking care of ourselves makes us choose right. Choosing right is part of letting go, it is letting go. All this takes place when softness is present in one self. Softness allows us to anchor in our own being and that make us hear our own heart. We will know what to welcome in life and what to discard in life, where life can be simple, joyous, celebratory.

Reflection is part of life. Reflection makes us connect to the deepest part of our hearts. Reflection is an opportunity to create a better root for ones' life and continue with the highest purpose in life. In the first place, we are here on planet earth in transition to celebrate life. It is our inherent calling of the heart. This calling is the universal flow reminding us every moment to moment to come home, back into our own heart and abide in it and move with it. 

We can abide in it by making conscious choices through mindful speech and mindful action. We are shaping our lives with our speech and action coming through us as expressions. Whether the expression is limited or unlimited, it is still an expression. To tap into the greater expression of life, we must choose consciously. Conscious choice is life. Life is consciousness, consciousness is life and we are consciousness.

Let us pause and soften and to be part of it. Let’s allow the softness to guide us to rearrange our heads and hearts. Let us move from this space to be part of the bigger picture, grandeur of life.

Spiritual practice is a vertical path, to move vertically we must let go of the baggage that has been dragging us. This is where the reflection comes in, to bring the spark in life where we can move with clarity. Vertical path is struggle. It is like swimming against the current. The struggles we are experiencing and recognizing are as important as respecting life itself, where grace invites herself to guide us home, where we become grace. Recognition is the start of the healthy practice.


Letting go is a tough practice and if we deny the natural process of life, then our lives start to stagnate.

Freedom requires effort. Freedom is worth trying for than doing nothing. In participating, we make the connection which becomes the inspiration to continue living. Little, little steps in life add to the bigger picture. Bigger picture is created with one stroke at a time.

Reflection is a chance to break the limited pattern, pattern that is not serving our hearts. To move vertically in life, it takes both physical and mental effort with awareness. To move towards effortlessness, to a certain extent, tremendous effort is required. When we stay in put with intention and effort, in time we set ourselves free where grace comes in naturally.

Reflection is an act of kindness to oneself and others. Reflection is openness of the heart, openness to life. 

“Anger puts us in the past. 
Softness puts us in the present. 
Choose wisely, and
Be free.”

Step back, soften, reflect and move with kindness and compassion to be part of yourself.

May we all come to recognize the highest with the practice of reflection and allow it to be the new beginning.

Om Namaha Shivaya.

 

 

 

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Ride with the Softness

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Ride with the Softness

After years of practice and seeking to align with the highest, I can say that I have embraced the quality of softness.

It helped me anchor in my own being. It is the element that held me together in times of joy and sadness. It's easy to be aggressive and challenging to maintain the soft quality. However, when we remember the gentleness and participate in that state, the fruits of the actions reveal to us with great joy. Without the softness it's hard to make connection to ourselves and to the world around us.  When it is present in us, the noise in us graciously dissolves and we begin to hear our own heart. Softness is unity of the body, mind and heart.

Through the openness of my heart, I  have come across many amazing experiences, even the contracted ones are of value. All of the experiences have taught me well enough on how to participate in life and stay curious and open with a childlike wonder.

Life is an adventure. To be part of the adventure one must be grounded in one’s own being. Life is genuine and generous. To embody life and see it that way, one must stay open in the time of struggles.  It begins with embodying a soft nature. If you have a limited view of what life is, we cannot expand. We start by being open to the idea that life is worth exploring. It encompasses moments of joy and sorrow. This is how we can live life to the fullest.

Things happen in life because it is dynamic. Ups and downs are inevitable. When things unfold in a contracted way, we must remember to stay open to our selves and remember to maintain the softness in us. The contraction itself is the message for us to stay open and continue with clarity. It’s an opportunity for us to practice awareness.

Few months ago I really have had an intense experience. It felt like the sky has fallen on me and I could not breathe well. I felt the contraction in my heart and my guts. It was a sharp physical pain in me. I still remember the situation time and agin. Now, it simply softens and grounds me. I see the experience as a great reminder of that realization. Ma (the universal force) shows her love in various way to guide us. I had this intense experience because I was in the state that I needed to hear and learn from it. It has connected me deeply towards my inner self. I'm grateful to all the experiences that came into my life as guidance to fuel my heart with love and wonder. 
Jai MA!!!. 

For me, one of the key principles to be part of the greater flow of life is by remembering the softness and ride with the softness to part of the highest. Greater shift requires effort. When we are putting the effort, it's easy to invite aggression. When that happens our view of things is limited. The body starts to contract, so does the mind. We begin to act impulsively and no longer with clarity.

 

Awareness and aliveness is present when softness is remembered. 

 

I offer this practice to you. It's simple and profound. I have seen many shifts in my life through this practice and I hope it will serve you in same way. As a practitioner of life we must learn to stretch our minds with the knowledge that is given to us by our teachers and apply them in the practice.

May our exploration with the softness ground us in our own being and lead us to experience the shiva nature (beauty) in us.

Om Namah Shivaya!!!!

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Blessings!

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Blessings!

Blessings are always bestowed onto us through Grace. Blessings come in various ways in life. It's only up to us how aware we are in any given moment and how we allow the blessings to penetrate our hearts to come alive... Read More

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