“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand ~ relax.
If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” ~ Osho
It is a powerful choice you make - to travel through your own shit, willing to explore the depth of created barriers, removing blockages, cutting emotional cords of attachment, so you can land in a conscious place where you “have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.” ~ Tilopa
I marvel at how many hours in a day are consumed outside of the "right now." There is so much time consumed posting on social media, or maybe it's a fixation on how your future will unfold, or an obsession with a person or an experience in the past that has a suffocating hold of you, or maybe you're lost the world of wonder and worry that moments pass you right by.....
TODAY'S QUESTION: Are you aware of your relationship attachments - relationship to yourself, to others, to situations, to previous experiences or to the future?
Yoga and meditation have changed and continue to transform my life. The practice of yoga invites you on a lifetime journey of love, immerses you in a world of incredible teachings to elevate your experience of life.... sure your practice of yoga might start off with experiencing the physical benefits of increased flexibility, range of motion, postural alignment (healthy spine), muscular strength, athletic performance, improved respiration, cardio and circulatory health or maybe it starts off as a rehabilitation from an injury... whatever the reason, my hope is that you take another step and dive into the mental and emotional layers of this incredible practice.
When we dive deeper into the journey of yoga, we start with the study of the Yoga Sutras, a widely regarded text on yoga. In the context of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there are ‘8 Limbs of Yoga’ leading to liberation. We start with the first five limbs "yamas" - a moral guideline to build a deeper connection to the relationship we have with ourselves and with the world around us.
Aparigraha is the last of the five yamas, which translates to ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘non-attachment’.
What does this yama teach us about relationships?
We tend to cling to an idea of who we once were or what we want to be like, attached to a thought or an emotional tie that we prevent ourselves from actually being able to enjoy where we are today.
AND then let's talk about our relationships with others, we often cling so tight to an feeling of the past, wishing to go back, comparing, yearning for an old relationship, instead of trusting the process, releasing and letting go, so you can be free to welcome love and new relationships into your life. Relationships are meant to change, to involve and we either have the choice to create space for that relationship to breath and bloom so it has life or we cling and hold tight and it dies. Either way, we work on letting go "non-attachment" so we can be free.
Tell me how: Yoga and mediation worked for me... as it's a continuous journey of landing with my breath every moment - maybe that's where you'll begin. I would encourage you to step into awareness and acknowledgment, and look whatever it is that you are holding on to go.
BIG QUESTION: What are you physically, emotionally, and mentally holding on to that is preventing you from being free to fly?