Inspiration for Letting Go
We are well and truly in the midst of the magnificent colours of autumn.
As the nature changes, lets go and begins to withdraw into winter many people feel a similar rhythm within themselves. That is to let go, take some quiet time for reflection, introspection and consolidation.
Our yoga practice is the perfect vehicle for the journey in this season.
Following are a few thoughts on this topic...
"When you want to be happy then renounce. "Renounce and enjoy", as Gandhi said.
The more you collect, the more problems you will have. Do you really think that you are rich when you have many cars, houses and jewels? You don’t own them, you are only the caretaker! Rich are they who are content in any situation and don’t need anything. Poor are they who want to have more and more. They will never be satisfied because greediness has no end.
Contentment and fulfillment arise from inside not from outside."
~ Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda
It is recommended that we renounce:
- wrong imaginations
- false expectations
- day-dreams about the fruits of actions
- anxieties for the results
- and fears for future calamities that have not yet appeared to threaten our lives.
Taking these points onto our yoga mat we realise yoga is about undoing as much as it is about doing.
Let go of the 'better, faster, more' that can at times drive us. Practice to be present, noticing all that arises.
Let go of any clinging to thought patterns, restless or habits that pull us away from the present.
Let go of those beliefs and qualities that block us from acting and living at our full potential (you know - like fear, doubt and laziness).
A teaching story ...
Once upon a time, there lived a dog. One day, he was very hungry and went in search of food. To his delight, the dog found a juicy bone. The dog happily carried the bone back home. He held the bone tightly in his mouth and scowled at anyone who tried to take it away.
On his way home, he had to cross a bridge. While crossing the bridge, the dog saw his reflection in the water below. The foolish dog thought there was another dog in the water, holding another juicy bone. The greedy dog wanted to have that bone too. He growled and barked at his own reflection in the water. “I’ll get that bone too,” thought the greedy dog, and he snapped his sharp teeth and barked at his reflection in the water.
But alas! The moment the foolish dog opened his mouth to snap his teeth, the piece of bone fell into the stream. The dog lost his bone and had to go home, hungry.
Ahhh, the letting go season. What freedom it will bring!
Enjoy the season and look forward to seeing you at class or a retreat soon!