November 28, 2020

Sutra 1.51: Time to Relax


Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now
    1.51 Tasyapi nirodhe sarva nirodhan nirbijah samadhih
      • tasya = from this / even which
      • api = even / also
      • nirodhe = regulate / control
      • sarva = everything / all
      • nirodhan = restraint of / controls
      • nirbijah = the highest level / the most subtle form of samadhi
      • samadhih = goal of yoga / being in the now / enlightenment
    We've come to the end. The very last sutra in the first pada (book/section/chapter). In these last few sutras, Patanjali works to convey the idea of what is available for any and all if we do the work to strip away the layers to reveal our own central goodness and reach the state of samadhi or being in the now. This sutra is a way to circle back to the beginning. Sutra 1.1 said "yoga begins now," sutra 1.2 said "yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind" and after going through a whole journey of exploration and insight, this last sutra says "the highest state of being in the now results from the deepest surrender"

    According to last week's sutra, if we do the work, we will get to a state where we will be able to see past our limiting stories and recognize our truly brilliant selves. Past this point, the only thing left to do as Osho paraphrases is to "relax; the search is over. In that relaxation comes the moment of inner tuning with the cosmos" This last stage is so subtle and is nothing we can force or "do' ourselves into. It's like the difference between seeing an amazing sunset and noticing not only the vibrant colours but also the different textures. It's moving past the connection with ourselves, to a connection with the universe and realizing we actually ARE the universe.

    So, your challenge this week is to relax and realize that at a certain point the only way to move further is to do nothing, absorb what you've learned from your experiences and trust that the further magic will happen from there. 

    Sutra 1.51 When even the need to control everything is restrained, 
    from this, there is the highest level of being in the now.

    November 21, 2020

    Sutra 1.50: Be You


    Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now
      1.50 Tajjah samskarah anya samskara pratibandhi
        • tajjah = arising from that / evolving from that
        • samskarah = false impressions / impressions of the past / mental impressions
        • anya = other / different
        • samskara = false impressions / impressions of the past / mental impressions
        • pratibandhi = obstruct / prevent / impede
      Last week's sutras told us that deep down we know. From direct experiences, we hold in our heart a truth, or deep knowing, of what is correct and right for us at any given moment. Sutra 1.50 further expands on this by telling us that when we've tapped into our centre, and in this state that we've reached through our practices, we know who we truly and uniquely are. This sutra most specifically discloses that who we are isn't who our parents, or our peers, or society tells us we are. In fact, in this state, we move past the stories we've been telling ourselves of who we are and genuinely see the truth.

      Let me give you an example. I've developed a story throughout my life that it is difficult for me to connect because I am too introverted, quiet and shy. This is a loop that has played numerous times in my mind and has created a deep groove that is sometimes difficult to crawl out of. It has become so ingrained that anytime I am in a new situation (whether intentionally or not), this loop always comes up to leave me feeling disconnected and lost. The other day while hiking solo in a mountain park behind our house, I realized how connected I have become to this mountain. I looked down at the lake below that I had spent almost every day on in summer and realized how connected I have become to this particular lake. I thought about how connected to nature and to this specific place I have become. I thought further about some of the other places around the world that I've had an instant or slowly developed connection to, and in that moment I realized that I AM, always have been and always will be connected! One thing that I have often longed for the most is one thing that I already am. For a moment, this story that I had created and have been embellishing my whole life was gone, and I was able to see the truth . . . in my introversion and quiet, I am always able to connect.

      This insight and awareness lasted for a brief moment, it is most likely something that I will have to remind myself of, and it would be foolish to believe that it simply came to me out of the blue. But that's yoga - committing to the practice and trusting that this stripping away will eventually lead to small glimmers of what is real. I challenge you this week to notice what stories you may be creating about who you think you are, and then find stillness to recognize if these stores are even true. This isn't easy work, it's not always gratifying work, but speaking from my heartfelt experience, these glimmers of insight are always totally worth it, and who knows . . . . . you may just find yourself surprised with what you uncover!     

      Sutra 1.50 (Wisdom) arising from that state obstructs other false impressions.  

      November 14, 2020

      Sutra 1.48-1.49: You Know


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now
        1.48 Rtambhara tatra prajna
        1.49 Srutanumana prajnabhyam anya visaya visearthatvat

      November 07, 2020

      Sutra 1.47: Your Velcro Moment


      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.47 Nirvicara vaisaradye'dhyatma prasadah

      October 31, 2020

      October 24, 2020

      Sutra 1.45: The Meaning of Life

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.45 Suksma visayatvam ca alinga paryavsanam

      October 17, 2020

      Sutra 1.44: Letting a Guide Lead

      Samadhi Pada: Yoga of Being in the Now

        1.44 Etayaiva savicara nirvicara ca suksma visaya vyakhyata