心靈瑜珈 Yoga in spirit

在瑜珈教室,我們在動作裡,觀照我們的心,藉由提高動作的挑戰性,來訓練肌肉與我們不放棄的心,藉以提升到更深一層的身、心平衡。這種練習,可以幫助我們在身體限制上的超越。
The physical challenges we face when we are doing yoga exercise relate to our muscles and mind. By learning to have awareness of our body and mind in yoga class, with each challenge we practice deeper levels of balance of our body and mind. This kind of practice can also help us overcome limitations of our physical abilities.

在社會教室,我們在與人互動中觀照我們的心,在人際關係的挑戰中,來鍛練我們靈魂的「肌肉」(靈性生命的韌性)與不放棄改善人際關係的心,如此可達到更上一層的心、靈平衡。不同身體部位的肌肉,我們給那肌肉一個名稱;不同靈魂的肌肉,我們給它一個靈性品質的名稱(譬如善良、誠實、慈悲等等⋯)。這種對靈魂「肌肉」的鍛鍊,可以使靈魂(靈性生命)更強韌與茁壯。

When we face challenges in our relationships it can help us exercise the balance of spirit and mind. By awareness of the feelings of our heart and mind while we interact with people, we can overcome bad feelings, change our heart and improve the relationships we have with others and achieve a balance of the mind and spirit. The muscles in different parts of body have names. Our spiritual muscles related to different characteristic are called virtues. As we seek to improve challenging relationships we practice deeper levels of balance of spirit (heart) and mind. This kind of practice can also help us free our mind and spirit.

身體的健康在身體的感覺裡,心靈的健康在「心」的感受裡。身體的感受只能用幾個形容詞及程度來描述,「心」有很多種感受,但不一定每種感受都可以被恰當地表達。

The wellness of the body can be sensed when our body feels good. The wellness of our soul is sensed in the feelings of the heart. We can express the sensations of body in a few words with different degrees. The feelings of our heart often can’t be verbalized.

肌肉疼痛是身體狀況的警訊,負面情緒是「靈魂(靈性生命)」狀況的徵兆。藉著瑜珈,可練習調整身、心的平衡;藉著祈禱與默思(meditation),可以練習調整心、靈的平衡。養成運動的習慣可以維持及改善身體的狀況,養成轉念活在正念的習慣可以改善靈魂(靈性生命)的狀態。

Pain in our muscles is a warning sign for our body’s wellness. Negative emotion is a warning sign for the wellness of the mind, and the condition of the human soul. Through yoga movements we practice the balance of body and mind. Through prayer and meditation we practice the balance of mind and spirit. With development of an exercise habit we can maintain and improve the condition of the body. With exercise of mindfulness we can maintain and improve the condition of the soul.

身、心平衡的練習,在瑜珈或動中禪中去練習,藉著同時觀照身、心,依身體狀況去調整心的狀態或藉由調心來調身,以達到身、心的平衡。心、靈平衡的練習,在祈禱默思或遇緣對境中,藉著同時觀照心的感受與心念,然後由調整心念去改變心的感受,以找到心、靈的平衡。靈魂狀態表現在心念與「心」對事情的感受裡,就像身體狀態表現在身體的感覺與心對身體的感受中。
The balance of body and mind is maintained with yoga practice and moving meditation. With awareness of both body and mind, we can adjust the condition of each to lead to a balance. The same is true with the balance of mind and spirit. Awareness of the feelings of the heart and the mind can help us adjust the way we look at things or perceive things and lead to a balance. The essence of the human soul is invisible, but can be observed through the feelings of our heart and the condition of our mind.

心靈瑜伽可以在靜坐默思(meditation )中練習,與人互動的人際關係中,更是心靈瑜珈練習的場所,心靈瑜珈要在我們每天的生活中、那挑戰的人際關係中去練習,關係的改善與情緒的減少是心靈健康改善的指標,也是內在生命成長的象徵。
We can practice yoga in spirit with meditation. But the real practice of yoga in spirit is in our daily life when we interact with people in challenging relationships. The improvement of a relationship and the reduction of emotion is the indicator of the improvement of wellness of mind and soul. It’s also the sign of the growth of inner life.

服務人群、服侍於上帝聖道,是最好的身、心、靈平衡練習。因為那需要超越身體的安逸,這是身、心平衡的練習;在服務中追求神的愛與榮耀神,就能愈來愈有喜樂泉湧,這是心、靈的平衡。心是關鍵、是主宰,若我們能駕馭心,成為「心」的主宰,那麼身心靈就能合而為一。這種內外一致的真「真誠」,那是真正的做自己。
To serve people and serve the Cause of God is the best way to practice the balance of body, mind, and spirit. In order to not overemphasize bodily comfort and be able to serve, we practice the balance of body and mind. In order to glorify God in love and joy, we practice the balance of mind and spirit. Our mind controls what we do, so if we can practice to be the master of our own mind, then the balance of body, mind, and soul can be achieved. Our inner and outer being will become one. Then, the true self can be found and we can truly live as we were created.

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