Isvara pranidhana is the 5th Niyama and one of the most difficult for me to understand.
I understand it as faith.
And faith, to me, is such a puzzling concept.
I’ve grown up in a catholic environment, but in my home, we’re very “mixed”. We don’t usually go to churches, althought there was a period in my life when I went to a lot of churches, each one with a different approach.
I was a little “lost”, and was trying to hold on to what I called … faith. I don’t like religions anymore, I mean, me, personally, I find it more comfortable to have faith, but no religion. It feels better to me. I understand many other people feel better by belonging to a specific religion. I don’t.
I believe in faith, nonethless. I believe life is sacred, and I believe in God, althought I don’t know exactly what God is.
I believe faith is that part of us that is amazed, that loves to watch the sun rising, that keeps trying even when everything is upside down, that do something good to someone else without expecting gratification. All that is faith. Faith in goodness, faith in oneself, in life, faith in others.
Faith is beautiful. And I like to nurture mine.
Here’s how I do so:
- I do my best and trust my future without craving for results (the ones I want). I like to see my life unfold, sometimes in ways I never knew it would.
- I try to develop my intuition and to follow it. I am now doing a very interesting course about it. It’s online and free. Here’s the link.
- I meditate. Meditation feels so good. I love to be in this stillness, feeling supported, like if the time stopped and everything is ok. In my opinion, it demands a lot of faith to dedicate 30-60 minutes everyday to sitting quiet and doing … nothing. We live in a goal-oriented society and it might seem a lack of ambition not to say lazyness to do it. I don’t mind if someone call me lazy or crazy. I dedicate some time of my day to meditation with gratitude and joy.
- I sing mantras. Gayatri mantra is so good to everyhing, and I found it also handful to strenghten my faith.
- I believe in myself and I keep saying to myself: “You’ve done a good job”, “You’re doing great”, “Love you”. Sounds cheesy, but in the right time, with a sincere heart, it’s blissful. We all need to encourage and compliment ourselves, I think.
- I read nice books about spirituality. I’ve been reading “Light on Yoga”, from Iyengar and it is strenghtening my faith.
- I look up to inspirational people. Their greatness is to me a reflection of the greatness of our Creator.
- I do Yoga! It strenghtens my faith like nothing else does.
Keep it up, Yogis and Yoginis!