Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Class today was about moderation.  I know you are thinking well of course, you teach at an addiction rehab center.  But actually it was based on the 4th Yama, Brahmacharya.  Brahmachary is often translated as celibacy, its real meaning is to stop wasting one's energies.  Over indulgence in anything can be destructive, too much work, play, exercise, food, drink, sex, the list can go on and on.

To understand moderation or balance you have to practice awareness of being in the moment.  We remind ourselves, the past is over, the future is yet to come, all we have is this moment.

When we think about the energy we waste daily, all the worry, the stress of trying to achieve perfection, the pursuit of material goods, trying to be thinner, younger, worrying about what others think of us.  That list could go on and on as well.

I reminded the class of the two questions I ask them daily; what time is it?  now
where are you?  here.     If you can ask those two questions through out the day it will be easier to stay in the moment, to practice balance of the inner and outer lives, to calm the mind. Our energy is precious, it is our life force, our chi,  don't waste it, it is not without end.


  1. I remind myself of living in the moment especially when I'm working in the barn and all the calves wants to be fed at the same time. When one start to bawl, they all start and it can become nerve wracking. Living in the moment then is one way to cope.

    Living in the moment is my coping strategy. Sometimes I'm better at it than other. Nothing is ever perfect.

    Sorry I've been missing in action. I had google difficulties which i explained on Rick's blog. I'm now back and running and will post as soon as I can find the time. Right now I'm trying to catch up on blog post I have missed.

    Hugs, Julia

  2. I needed this. Living in the moment! Think of you often! ❤️😊