I share this quote on the occasion of my birthday. Its startlingly simple message of hope made me smile. No matter the time of day or time of life, we can begin or begin again whatever it is we want or need to begin. I remember my mother here too, who on this day began her work as a mother.
By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard for the wicked, the mind retains its undisturbed calmness.
—The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
A sutra is an aphorism. The word itself means thread. Of this particular sutra, the revered teacher Swami Satchidananda said, “It will be very helpful to you in keeping a peaceful mind in your daily life.”
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.