In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, he defines yoga as, “that which quiets the whirlpools of the mind”. Yogah Cittavrttinirodhah 1.2
To paraphrase Adhyashanti, “awakening isn’t finding or acquiring something that we don’t already have, it is a letting go of our constructs and struggles, to reveal the brilliance of what has ALWAYS been there”. That which we are searching for has ALWAYS been there, it’s just hidden under the veil of our distraction and busy-ness.
The pathways to peace and contentment are getting quiet, dropping back and listening. These are the antithesis to our striving culture. Yoga can help us do this by teaching us how to slow down, direct our attention back inward and attune intently to the rhythm of our bodies, breath, heart and mind. In order to attain this sense of quiet, we must learn to be comfortable moving slowly.
The breath links the mind and our body. As the breath slows down and our movements mirror the speed of the breath, the mind naturally becomes more spacious. The churnings and spinning of our thoughts dissolve. We find that we can choose to follow the story of a thought…..or not. Our thoughts have less and less power. The space and quiet between our thoughts become a place where we can soften and relax into. The striving and pushing falls away and we settle into the deep quiet that has always been there.
This is what I wish for all students of yoga. That they find this place of AH. The ripples of this realization will reverberate far beyond their practice of yoga. This connection with our deeper selves creates better, healthier bodies and relationships, more meaningful work, safer neighborhoods and will benefit all sentient beings and their environment.
As the Dalai Lama says, “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence in the world within one generation”.
The Time is Now!
S’anti, S’anti, S’anti