Monthly Seva Program & Sutra

Spread Compassion, Be Willing, Be Involved, Be Connected

Sutra of the Month: March 2019

I:32 Tat-Pratishedhartham-eka-Tattva Abhyasah

1.32 To prevent those distractions and symptoms, practice on one principle is to be done.

To attenuate the disturbances of the mind, Patanjali suggests us to focus on one single (eka) object/principle (tattva). In the modern world, there are many things pulling us in different directions. We have walkways to shovel, powder to ski, houses to clean, work to attend to, children, friends and partners with whom to spend time and so much more. When the mind is pulled in so many different directions, it’s no wonder we have a hard time finding ease and peace. The remedy for a scattered, anxious and unfulfilled mind is simple. Focus completely on what right in front of you. If we attempt to multitask we are doing ourselves and all the tasks we are multi-doing a huge disservice. We are in essence not giving our full energy to any one thing, thus diluting our personal potency.

We are moving into spring when the winter starts to pull back her white veil and the “honey-do” lists begin to build. We urge you to take time to breathe and focus on one thing at a time. If you’re shoveling snow–Shovel. If you’re skiing–Ski. If you’re cleaning–clean. If you’re with your child, partner or friend–Be present.

Patanjali offers us four principles to focus our attention that will cultivate a serene and peaceful quality of mind. He suggests that if we focus on any one of these principles within our relationships that we will discover the innate joy and pleasantness within.

  1. Be friendly toward those who are happy
  2. Be compassionate toward those who are suffering
  3. Be joyful toward this who are virtuous
  4. Be neutral/ equanimous in the face of challenging people

By focusing the mind on one thing at a time we can eventually become unaffected by the disturbances of the mind. We learn to live in the present moment and inner well being and managment is directly experienced.

Monthly Seva Program Update

For March, we will continue to collect after school snacks for children in need in connection with the Teton Literacy non-profit organization, especially since there is a greater need during Spring Break in early April.

Please bring non-perishable, healthy snacks to the studio and place them in the box by the elevator if you want to take part in this seva (selfless service) project. Thank you! If you have a local organization that is dear to your heart, please reach out to Patricia 307-200-1985 and let’s start a conversation about what the Shala Sangha can do to help!

Monthly Seva Program: Spreading Awareness and Compassion through Selfless Service

Spread Compassion, Be Willing, Be Involved, Be Connected

How can you be involved? Follow what’s going on, do what you can, spread the word, offer your time, give what you can.

March: Teton County School District Spring Break Snacks

There are children within the Teton County School District who only receive the two meals per day that are offered at school. They do not have snacks to come home to, or a warm meal at home either because their families do not have stoves to cook on as they are living out of hotel rooms, or are not around to cook for their children and don’t have the means to provide warm meals.

On weekends, after school and during Spring Break these children need food to get them through the time that they will not be in school receiving regular meals. Food that does not require cooking is most needed. Care packages will be made for these little children. Every Friday the Shala will be taking donations to the School District and they will be distributed accordingly.

Examples of What’s Needed:

  • Snacks
  • Bars
  • Lunchables
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit
  • Dried Fruit Snacks
  • Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Hummus