Let it go, surrender to what is and enjoy the sweetness of life. Themes I have been building upon over the last year, and ones I will probably continue with for a long time if not forever as we need these constant reminders. Our ego, our life’s situations, our family and friends will constantly challenge this for us, and so this becomes our practice. From Sutra 1:2, Yoga is when the mind is calm, when our monkey mind settles, even if briefly. Yoga happens when we are able to let go and just be. The practice of Yoga, and all eight limbs of Yoga guides us on this path.
It is a common saying that Yoga finds us when we need it most, and from my personal experience and sharing this Yoga journey with so many, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve had the same experience with people in many ways and also with books, some of the most poignant for me: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Pathways to Joy by Swami Vivekananda and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. I recently picked up a copy of The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer and I can already sense the impact of its words and the importance of its timing. It was first published 8 years ago, but now is when I needed to find it. I’ve read and heard and written about the messages from this book hundreds of times, but that’s really the point: when you need them most you will finally hear them.
Let it go, surrender to what is and enjoy the sweetness of life, or I suppose in words I have shared many times before with my students: do the work, look within, find peace. In Singer’s words, he tells us to stop clinging (attachment) to the good and avoiding (lack of acceptance) the not so good. But we do this all the time don’t we? In doing this, we are going against nature. Nature is change, everything is part of nature, everything changes. If we look at how most people feel from winter to summer that is a perfect example of the above. (Though if you live in Canada, we consider it a cultural right to complain about both!)
Singer describes The Untethered Soul as one where life’s energy is continually able to pass through, a life that is lived fully in the present moment. One that doesn’t allow triggers from past memories or future experiences to stay for longer than the single thought allows. This of course takes practice and most importantly awareness. We are not our thoughts. When we can stay in this space, we can truly begin to experience a life that is joyful and sweet, as that life, our life lies within. The indwelling one – the Self. This is the space of peace, of connection. True Self, Ananda kosha, bliss body.
Humbly, the teacher always remains the student. Namasté