raja_sattva_2-300x272Yesterday I was presented with a beautiful piece of art from a very dear friend and amazing artist: Rashaan Cruze’ (that’s Ms. Cru-zay to you). The woman in the painting represents all of us in our journey to realize self-love and self-healing. She’s washed over with fiery emotion as she realizes her love for herself and strives for healing balance in her life. I’m truly at a loss for words other than to express my deepest gratitude for Rashaan and her amazing gift. You can check out more of her passionate art expression here.

I’m a part of an amazing community called iHanuman. Their four word theme inspired me to write this post last year so I thought I’d re-post it here to share with you all. You can read the original here.

Love: We have a Thought Board at my office. It’s a simple dry-erase board at the entry that everyone writes on. Some days there are random thoughts but most days there are questions. The other day the question was: Which is more powerful, love or hate? A seemingly simple question but, in reality, more thought provoking and discussion sparking than everyone was prepared for that day. It was amazing to witness. My answer: Love is infinitely more powerful than hate and love in numbers cannot be broken or challenged.

Service: Seva is the embodiment of all that yoga teaches us. It’s the walk to the talk. To serve is to receive. In this challenging economy, service doesn’t have to mean a monetary gift. It can be as simple as a smile or hug to someone who needs it. Volunteer, teach a free class, give someone a ride.

Devotion: We all feel the spark of central energy that yoga gives us but what is it and where does it come from? Adrenaline?  Our spirits? God/dess? Whatever the belief, yoga is the thing that takes us there and devotion is the thing that brings us back. Through yoga, we nurture our relationship with the divine.

Yoga: It’s why we are all here! Yoga is union with love, life, spirit, consciousness, each other and ourselves. Each time we teach or take a class, we perpetuate this union.