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April 20, 2020

2.6 Self-centeredness (asmita)

Yoga Sutra 2.6 Self-centeredness (asmita) Confusing awareness with the instruments of perception What is your sense of "I"? Is there something in you that is not temporary? Do you entertain misperceptions distorting who you think you are such as “I am not good enough,” “I am not complete,” “I am lacking” and “I do not deserve unconditional love”?
April 12, 2020

2.5 Confusing permanent and impermanent

Yoga Sutra 2.5 Confusing permanent and impermanent Avidya leads you to get entangled in endless internal chatter What in you is permanent? What in you is impermanent? What is pure? Wat is impure? How do you know the difference? What motivates you to be fully present in your life?
April 6, 2020

2.3 & 2.4 The five afflictions and their states

Yoga Sutras 2.3 and 2.4 The five afflictions and their states Not knowing who we are is the main obstacle Not knowing who you are (avidya), misidentification (asmita), likes (raga), dislikes (dvesha) and fear of daying (abinivesha). Is your identity at your service or are you at the service of your identity? How much energy do you invest in pursuing what you desire and rejecting what you dislike? Is it possible to make peace with the undeniable fact that one day you will die?
March 29, 2020

2.2 Less afflictions and Greater integration

Yoga Sutra 2.2 Less afflictions and Greater integration Yogic actions result in dynamic harmony What afflictions take you away from your natural harmony and balance? Is it true that acting with enthusiasm, intelligence and humility helps you remove the tensions that disrupt the integrated harmony between body, mind and emotion? Are you aware of the significant difference between uncovering existing afflictions and creating new ones?
March 22, 2020

2.1 Yogic action: Enthusiasm, intelligence and humility

Yoga Sutra 2.1 Yogic action Act with enthusiasm, intelligence and humility To engage in any worthwhile action, you need enthusiasm. Tapas, enthusiasm can best be synthesized as: Do the best that you can. Svadhyaya is embodied intelligence that can be applied by ensuring that you know why you are doing what you are doing, and by confirming that you are in fact doing what you think you are doing. Ishvara pranidhana can be summed up as sincere intention coupled with wholehearted action.
March 13, 2020

Review of Yoga Sutra chapter 1: Integration

Yoga Sutra Summary Chapter 1 Integration An exploration of the state of being This first chapter consists of six interconnected topics: what is yoga? [1.1-1.4], ways of being [1.5-1.11], a method for self-regulation [1.12-1.22], an alternative approach, humility [1.23-1.29], distractions, their symptoms and removal [1.30-1.39], the progression of insight into liberation [1.40 - 1.51]
March 6, 2020

1.51 Supreme integration

Yoga Sutra 1.51 Supreme integration All Impressions and identification dissolve. The level of integration when there are no subconscious impressions left (nirbija samadhi). Culmination of the process of cultivating your natural inner stillness and inner silence with the curiosity that might reveal the obvious yet elusive essence of existence.
February 28, 2020

1.50 Impressions of absolute true wisdom

Yoga Sutra 1.50 Impressions of absolute true wisdom Beneficial impressions contain unhelpful impressions As you remove distractions and experience your inner calmness you allocate more energy and attentional resources to helpful impressions. Then the less-than-helpful impressions dwindle and, eventually, disappear. Are your unhelpful tendencies diminishing?
February 28, 2020

1.48 & 1.49 Dwelling in absolute true wisdom

Yoga Sutra 1.48 & 1.49 Dwelling in absolute true wisdom Bearing the truth in one’s self (rtambhara) Witness with greater clarity the intricate and delicate interconnectedness between all aspects of life. Your direct experience of wisdom cannot be replaced by inference and testimony. How does wisdom manifest in your daily activities? Do the insights you receive, when you trust them, result in greater harmony?