In the Bhagavad Gita, yoga is defined as a skillful action. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe four yogas – karma, jnana, bhakti, and raja. Karma yoga is the yoga of action. For many, this type of yoga includes service to others.
In this season of giving, it can be useful to use our actions as a way to stay aligned to what is truly meaningful to us. This may include gift giving, food making, or sharing time with others. Taking action can also include what we don’t do. Refraining is an act of will. Think of the energy needed to not overindulge in holiday cheer!
Many of us find ourselves spinning out of balance, wondering why we can’t keep to our true intentions as the hubbub of the season takes over. Which makes this a perfect time for our practice. Go to your mat. Slow down and get quiet, so you can hear the intentions in your heart. Find ways to practice them. Be gentle with yourselves and others.
Remember, actions DO speak louder than words. And sometimes it’s the things we DON’T do that speak the loudest of all.