This week in class we will be exploring the goal of Yoga, to still the fluctuations of the mind.
Imagine if all the tumult of the body were to quiet down, along with our busy thoughts. Imagine if all things that are perishable grew still. And imagine if that
moment were to go on and on, leaving behind all
other sights and sounds but this one vision which ravishes and absorbs and
fixes the beholder in joy, so that the rest of eternal life were like that moment of illumination which leaves us breathless.
As I reach the spiritual summit, I hardly feel my body. My mind is still; my ego has been set at rest. The peace in my heart matches the peace at the heart of nature. This is my native state, the state to which I have been striving through the long travail of evolution to return. No longer am I a feverish fragment of life; I am indivisible from the whole.
I live completely in the present, released from the prison of the past with its haunting memories and vain regrets, released from the prison of the future with its tantalizing hopes and tormenting fears. All the enormous capacities formerly trapped in past and future flow to me here and now, concentrated in the hollow of my palm. No longer driven by desire for personal pleasure or profit, I am free to use all these capacities to alleviate the suffering of those around me. In living for others, I come to life.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to make the connection for yourself from your own experience how the goal of Yoga, to still the fluctuations of the mind, brings you to a place of being completely present in the
moment. Also consider how the
practice of asana moves you in this direction?
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