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Life is a practice

20 Apr Life is a practice

The practice of daily life in yoga philosophy features two elements, abhyasa and vairagyam, and I find them so applicable to daily modern life:

1. Abhyasa

B.K.S. Iyengar descibed this as:

…a dedicated, unswerving, constant, and vigilant search into a chosen subject pursued against all odds in the face of repeated failures, for indefinitely long periods of time.

Once you’ve decided the particular practice this is something you want to do, sonething your life needs, something you commit to, make it a discipline starting it every day.

We do it for as long as it takes.

We do not question the discipline, though we adjust as we grow. We don’t neglect it because it was a “bad day” or there are more TV shows to watch.

We show up, every single day, with inner belief.

If you’re a yogi, you’re moving your body mindfully every day.
If you’re a meditator, you’re finding daily space and stillness.
If you’re a writer, you are writing every day.

Showing up and doing it every day is the vision. It is not to achieve or finish something that day.

It’s never finished. There are always deeper levels, extra challenges, further refining.

2. Vairagyam

This means non-attachment to the outcome.

Know that you’re on a path somewhere good, but release the grip of knowing exactly what outcome will result.

TRUST that it will be for the best.

Trust that the outcome could be far healthier, more impactful, creative, or successful in however you measure success, than you dare hope.

Putting them together

Doing both of these means that we live in the moment, finding joy, love and satisfaction in each instance.

We experience presence:

Because of the beauty of the world, of life, of ourselves
Because we have the presence to notice the beauty
Because we’re living by our values and beliefs

Because we’re taking positive action

 

So, what are is your daily practice? And will you action it regularly,  with non-attachment and equanimity?


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