The Challenge of Being True to Yourself
The Path of Bhakti Yoga is the path of exploring what the poet W. B. Yeats called “The deep heart’s core.” (Lake Isle of Innisfree).
In a very real way you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You needn’t call it living a Yoga lifestyle. Call it what you like but at least give yourself the opportunity of feeling fulfilled.
Songs of enchantment, Heart Songs and Kirtan(devotional songs) are only some of the ways that you can practice Bhakti Yoga. Singing has always come naturally to me although for many years I had no voice that I could really call my own.
Recognise too, that to follow the sweetest path of yoga is not always easy. You might want to follow what you love but your family, your tribe, your religious affiliation or your culture may disapprove.
Such was the case in my own life growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1960-70’s
I discovered I was in love with the teachings of Yoga.
On the Winding Stair
On the winding stair
My mother gave me a book
Inside was a treasure I didn’t know I had lost.
Now when I oft times think of my mother
How come she knew the treasure was mine.
The book was a book on the subject of Yoga.
I KNEW I wanted to be a yoga teacher at the age of 17 years. Yet at the time Yoga was being cited on mainstream media as, “The Work of the Devil” by the fundamentalist Christian and self-declared Reverend Ian Paisley.
Now at the almost age of 70 years I am beginning to manifest my deep heart’s core wish through teaching the Journey of Yoga via this website and sharing what I love. This is an expression of Love (Bhakti Yoga) in action (Karma Yoga).
I wish that when you are lonely or in darkness that I could show you the astonishing light of your own Being – Hafiz.