Yoga Sutra 1.2
YOGAS CITTA VRITTI NIRODHAH
The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is yoga.
How can we let go of ideas and beliefs that govern our behavior? Sutra 1.2 gives us guidance. This is an important sutra. It is the basic idea of yoga summed up into one sentence. If you get this, you’re doing good because the rest of the sutras pretty much further the explain this one.
Let’s Start with 3
The mind is made of 3 basic parts.
1. Ahamkara is the ego.
2. Buddhi is the intellect.
3. Manas is the part of the mind that desires.
Growing up I loved to watch Sesame Street and loved the Cookie Monster. As an adult I still act like him, not so much for cookies now, but definitely for chocolate. The last time I was at Broadway at the Beach I walked past the Fudgery and the sweet scent of chocolate billowed around me. Manas thought, “Mmmm, do I smell sweetness?”. Buddhi discriminated with excitement, “What is that? I think it’s chocolate. Oh my! It’s fudge! When was the last time we had fudge? I love fudge.” Lastly ahamkara chimes in, “Definitely having the fudge.” Before I realized it, I was headed towards the door!
Heaven or Hell
I heard once, that any place you are can be perceived as heaven or hell. As I prepare for a long awaited family trip I am reeling with excitement and ready to relax. I have high hopes that this will just be a lovely time for us to be together and bond. I know that taking the whole family will have trying moments. I realize it’s up to me to decide my experience. There is a choice in every moment of our lives along these lines. It’s our approach that determines the quality of our experience.
Some of our beliefs are negative but don’t necessarily have to be. However, many are illusions. Thoughts such as, “I’m not good enough too…,” “I’ll never be like…,” “I just can’t,” all have one thing in common; not, never, don’t. More illusion words are no, can’t, and won’t. Find awareness of how many times you say “N” words in a day and begin the practice of restraint. Practice looking in the mirror and for every negative idea or thought spoken; try saying the opposite out loud. Each positive step we take, takes us one step closer to enlightenment or self realization.
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