I was sitting in the sun in my garden when I noticed the honey bees in an indigenous bush, Buddleja Saligna or false olive, buzzing around and just going about their business. The bush is in full bloom during the winter months and the scent is amazing.
"No wonder the bees find it irresistible!"
It was an opportunity to reflect on the important role that bees play in the ecosystem and how they are dedicated to doing what they do in a selfless way. Pollinating plants and producing honey for the benefit of others, mostly for us humans.
It made me think of the importance of karma yoga ... the gift of time and action that we give of ourselves by helping and serving others. This could be just picking up litter whilst on a walk in a favourite spot, or doing a favour for someone in need.
It has a positive effect on the environment, those that follow behind us or just the simple pleasure we get from making a difference in someone else's life in a big or small way. It does lift my spirits in those moments.
To quote True Nature Travels, "Karma yoga is the yoga of action. It's about purifying your heart by learning to act selflessly in service of others. Through karma yoga, we learn kindness and compassion without an expectation of gain. The idea is that learning these lessons helps us to step away from our ego, freeing us to move one step further on the path to enlightenment."
You may have heard someone use the term karma in a way that means what you do to others will come back to you. In a way that is true, but we should act with dedication, not the desire to gain benefit from the fruit of our actions.
In a yogic way, the aim is to live a life with a deeper meaning that is bigger than just ourselves, reminding us we are part of a whole universe and we have a duty and responsibility to do our part to make it a better place for all who live in it.
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about karma yoga, do call me on 07768 314962 or click the Messenger icon in the bottom right of your browser to chat.
Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.
She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.
Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.
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