She quotes Mirabai:
Give up bad company
and keep the company
of those who love God, instead.
Listen to their conversations
and discussions about God.
- "The Yoga of Discipline," page 92.
I've been keeping a lot of good company lately. In fact, I suppose the sadhana is to keep good company all the time. Whether it's actually going to yoga, or hanging out with my yoga-homies after class, or hanging out with my friends live or on-line via FB and email, or reading other people's blogs, or reading Gurumayi, or waking up in the morning and giving the murti a look-see first thing, or even the words on the YogiTea teabag as above, ALL of that is keeping good company. For those hung up on the God word above (and you're not alone since clearly I'm still thinking about it), for me it's all just about truth, about ananda, about happiness. Keeping company with seekers of happiness and purpose, that's what this is about for me.
And the good company is so helpful when the challenging situation comes. And boy, it always does, so why not have a well-developed system of good company to get us through that, to keep our eye on the auspicious ball? When I am faced with some ridiculous situation at work, so nice to fall back into that comfortable net of good company and feel just fine, thank you, just fine.
Good company appears to make for more good company. The more I practice, the more practiced I am. It's not an accident that more good things happen, more good people appear; it's a function of the very real discipline -- there is, of course, effort involved -- of seeking the good, seeing the good.
Right now it's making me smile to think that this is a post about yoga, really, and yet not one word about physical asana. Hah, yoga is wonderful. So many gifts beyond the physical practice!
Keep good company. Be good company.