Skill In Action

Life loves to offer us challenges large and small. There are little hills and valleys in each and every day – and often some formidable mountains to climb.

It’s easy to find ourselves wondering why we must face all these ups and downs, why our lives cannot always be peaceful and serene. This often causes us to feel stress, and we begin to react with fear, anger, anxiety and confusion.

As we all know, this never helps. The hills, valleys and mountains remain… and usually seem to loom even larger.

Yoga invites us to move away from reacting to circumstances and seek to act skillfully instead. Skill in action means staying centered, grounded and balanced – just like in a challenging Yoga pose –  accepting what is, even if we don’t like it, and charting our best course of action.

This doesn’t mean we won’t feel some powerful emotions, but we don’t allow them to control us. Instead, we stay focused, we contemplate, we breathe deeply and seek to access our inner wisdom as best as we can.

There is always a place in our heart that knows just what to do. Yoga invites us to journey home to this place again and again, listen closely and take its advice, always remembering that we have the power to chart our course and reach our summits, one skillful step at a time.

About Bhava Ram

Bhava Ram (bhavaram.com) is a former NBC Foreign Correspondent who healed from a broken back and diagnosis of terminal cancer through the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. His memoir, Warrior Pose, How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, details this healing journey and is scheduled to be a feature film in 2016. Bhava is the co-founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts (deepyoga.com) and is an author, teacher, lecturer, musician and spiritual counselor. He and his wife, Laura Plumb, lead trainings and retreats in California, Europe and India.
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