Friday’s Flow: Something to Ponder this Weekend

It is you that pervades this universe, and this universe exists in you. Your true nature is pure Consciousness. Don’t be small-minded. — Ashtavakra Gita (800-400BCE), India

The Ashtavakra Gita or the Song of Ashtavakra is an Advaita Vedanta scripture. Many teachers and mystics held it in high regard. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a respected mystic of 19th century India, held great respect for its teachings.

Does your freedom already exist inside of you?
Does your freedom already exist inside of you?

According to this ancient text, one is free once one realizes it. Dorothy, with her red shoes and yellow brick road, learned this when Glinda the Good Witch told her, “You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.” “Why didn’t you tell her?” Scarecrow asked. “Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”

Imagine you had your own pair of ruby slippers. What power would they give you? Are you free and just need to realize it?

Darla Brown

By Darla Brown

Darla Brown is the founder of Share Yoga and a certified yoga teacher. Darla's love of yoga started over 20 years ago. She has taken teacher training and intensives with master teacher Max Strom as well as Jamie Elmer, Kyra Haglund, Luke Ketterhagen and Nancy Goodstein. Darla's practice focuses on breath and healing.


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  2. Excellent. I wonder how many people agree with this? That we inherently hold power within ourselves and that most of us just need to realize it and access it. Or is power outside of us to be taken from someone else or some other thing?

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