I head for my work out as usual early in the morning. There is no need to turn on the radio, the quietness of the morning is good enough. But the mind being what it is, immediately brings up the "problem of the day" and for a change, as an observer I hear myself asking the universe to please help me divert my attention. I look at the radio longingly and for the first time in many years, miss the morning suprabhatam and the like that would play during my growing up years! I look at the radio longingly one more time and park. As soon as I enter the gym, my bicycle is occupied by someone else. Someone else, who has a shirt which says "Pray, train and conquer" - exactly what I had done that morning while going to the gym, only with the mind! It is a darn good but a hard workout as expected. We start on a new song and the instructor encourages us to keep up with the beat. It is not easy and just as we get comfortable, she goes "Now, leave the music behind....you.....in the dust.....and run" with pauses at the right places such that I get a visual in my mind. To me it sounds profound and I smile - me being me I wonder if that is a good strategy to apply to life and its situations - good music or bad, always evolving! I feel grateful for having left my thoughts in the dust, at least for that morning! At the end of a long work day, sitting outside with my dog, I am enjoying the serenity of spring weather. It is all quiet around, except for some birds chirping every now and then! The gentle breeze allows me to take a look at my serene surroundings. I notice the fish in my little pond, the lovely new Irises, the fully bloomed honey suckle, etc. As I continue to look around, I realize that my dog's attention is elsewhere! I see that he is concerned with a fire in a pit in the neighbor's yard! The visual is stunning to my eyes and I assure him that it is okay. He looks at me like he understands and we continue to sit in silence watching the fire, the dog and I! Thinking of the day's events I realize that many a time, I come out feeling quite content only because I am getting better at being an observer, non judgmental one at that assuming and understanding the constant change people go through; you know like going into a yoga or a spin class with an understanding that I do not know anything at all and what ever the class offers then, is the first for me! The blissful feeling tells me that the baggage that I carry is not worth it, at all! I realize that the beauty I see around me is also inside of me all the time, even if I don't see it. I just have to allow myself to see it. As the mind continues to be calm, I think of of Patanjali! I contemplate of "Chitta vritti nirodhaha" (cessation of modifications of the mind) and realize that when we have even moments of that quietness, then perhaps we will feel what he means when he says "Tada drashtuhu svarupe avasthanam" (For finding our true self entails insight into our own nature). As I drive the visiting family, I notice there is chatter happening between the front seat and the people in the back seat of the car. I kind of hear it but my eyes and mind is focused on the sun that is setting. The noise in the car diminishes into the background and I don't know why I feel like I am on a different planet, not belonging to this earth, being lifted off to a place of serenity and beauty. On second thoughts, I think it is the effect of "The Little Prince" or is it Jonathan asking me to soar or is that the effect of Patanjali? I do not know but I sure like the lightness of my being! PS: Yoga sutras are only very loosely translated and taken from the internet! And titles are hard - how does one summarize so many thoughts/observations under one title?