5 POEMS THAT I LOVE

 

I’m a BIG fan of quotes and poems and I feel that a few words in the beginning, during or at the end of a yoga class can be really powerful. Today I’d like to share with you three of my favorite ones.

 

“Promise Yourself”

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

– By Christian D. Larson (Your Forces and How to Use Them)

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“Will You”

Will you go with the flow

Giving the love that is in your heart

So that others may be carried in its current

Will you honor a dream

By taking a leap towards it

Closing the distance with bold action and intent

Will you meet happiness where it lives

Accepting only the present moment as real

And knowing all you need for contentment resides there

Will you accept your own love

And care for yourself in a way that reflects that

By nurturing your spirit from an endless source of respect

Will you let it slide

The imagined slight, the minor irritation

And trade it for the peace that comes from a mind at ease

Will you give back

For no other reason than

It is simply the person you choose to be

Will you walk in faith

Knowing All That Is lives inside you

And it is inconceivable to think you are ever alone

Will you dwell in possibility

Where imagination takes over

And doors open before you even knock

Will you breathe from your belly

Filling yourself with a deep inhale

And releasing what no longer serves you

Will you allow today to unfold before you

By letting each moment be what it is

Without having the need to change or control it

Will you?

– Author Unknow

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“Dare to Be”

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!

– By Steve Aramboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

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“The Invitation”

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting Your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream,
For the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life’s betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
Without moving
To hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your own life
From its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone,
And do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
In the center of the fire with me
And not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
From the inside
When all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
With yourself,
And if you truly like the company you keep
In the empty moments.

– By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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Strange is our situation here upon Earth.

Each of us comes for a shortvisit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.

From the standpoint of daily life, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others, above all, for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.

Many times a day we realize how much of our own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of other human beings, and how earnestly we must exert ourselves in order to give in return as much as we have received and are still receiving.

 

– By Albert Einstein