These three elements are fundamental to the pursuit of Self-Realization. They are the bricks on the path that we follow every day.
Above everything else is Practice. We must continue our pursuit despite setbacks and obstacles. We will inevitably encounter difficulties, discouragement and doubt. But, when we regain our composure and determination, we reset our direction and continue on the path. Such is the nature of Practice.
One of the essential concepts for us to practice is Non-Attachment. Our egos are attached to possessions, status, fears and anxieties that we perceive as our true identities. Pleasure and pain distract our minds by pulling them out of our bodies into the world of the senses. The more we can rid ourselves of attachments and distractions, the closer we come to uncovering the true nature of our selves.
How do we achieve Non-Attachment? A One-Pointed Mind is a focused mind that is free from distraction. Have you ever noticed that you are happiest when you are immersed in an activity or a hobby? That is because a mind that is focused and free of distraction is a unified and happy mind. In pursuit of larger goals like Self-Realization, hobbies don't accomplish the desired direction, so meditation, mantra (repeated phrases) and prayer are often used. These practices quiet and focus the mind and also point it in the right direction.
Above all is Practice. If we are to make progress, we must try regularly.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga