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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
-Henry James

Written by: Sujantra McKeever

I have always loved summer.

As a child, whenever I thought of summer, I felt freedom: no school, family vacations and sunny days: anything was possible.

Often people envision yoga and spiritual practices as cold and ascetic, full of all the discipline and things you are not supposed to do. I prefer to envision yoga and personal growth like summertime: enjoyable and full of possibilities.

In the Yoga Sutras, which are ancient Indian teachings on yoga, it states that to make progress in yoga one must have “…great love for the goal to be attained.” This love is the engine that will inspire and motivate our practice. The goal of yoga is to experience and become the Bliss that is the essence of our existence.

Every step of our yogic journey, assuming we don’t get sidetracked, will move us closer to that Bliss, to that eternal state of summertime that exists deep in our consciousness. To know that dimension of ourselves is to know the ultimate freedom.

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