Throughout this focused living series we have been focused on creating a life of less, but better. This aligns perfectly with the fifth yama of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras aparigraha. Often this yama focuses on letting go of material possessions and that will definitely create space in your life. However with this series we are going deeper in how you create real focus in your life.
This time, creating focus through aparigraha means letting go of parts of our identity, relationships, ways of living and being in the world that are no longer working for us. As I’ve mentioned before, that takes time in contemplation to figure out what that is for you. Take time in meditation and time to journal to look at where you are holding on in relationships, where you are holding on in your work life, and where your current behaviour isn’t working for you.
Spiritual teachings remind us that everything is impermanent. All things — our work, our relationships, our identity, our ways of being in the world –are continually changing and will go through many transformations and deaths in our lifetime. When we try to hang on to the way things were with our identity, our work, our way of being in the world, our relationships, we lose our connection with our True Self. It prevents us from opening up to our rebirth and what the gifts that will enter in the next stage of our life.
There are far more relationships, work opportunities, and activities in the world than we can commit ourselves to. Aparigraha asks us to filter through the many options available to us, let go of even good options and choose the best. Aparigraha reminds us that is not about getting more done. We have to let go of this seductive cultural myth that we can get more done. Instead, what is getting in my way of knowing my True Self in this moment?
We tend to value the things that we already are connected with more than they are worth, so we find them difficult to release. You must ask yourself, if I didn’t already have this in my life, what would I be willing to exchange in terms of my time to get this in my life? If this wasn’t already in my life, what would I be willing to do to get it? or If I didn’t have this opportunity what would I be willing to do to acquire it?
It takes courage to say no, a real strength of conviction to stay grounded in your truth in the face of social pressure. Saying no will feel physically uncomfortable. Courage is the key to letting go. Without courage the choice to let go is only skin deep. We can all talk about living a life that really matters, but only the brave are willing to let go. We have to have a strong sense of internal clarity of what really matters to us so that we can have the conviction to say no to what isn’t bringing us closer to our personal Truth.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Bound Angle Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana, Apanasana or Knee to Chest Pose, Supta Matsyasana or Reclined Bent Knee Twist, Ganesh Mudra, Goddess Victory Squat or Utkata Konasana, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One, Dolphin Pose or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana, Matsyasana or Fish Pose, Balasana or Child’s Pose, Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Fold, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Yoga Props: Bolster, 2 yoga blocks, Folded Blanket or chair
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Question for the comments: What are you letting go of?
Today we focused on the courage to let go. We have a 5-class series to support you in letting go in our membership community for bereavement and grief. Although this series can support you in the loss of a loved one, it is incredible to support you through the loss, transition or death of any kind in your life.
This series of yoga classes was created by request for those in our community experiencing the profound grief of losing a loved one. This series offers five shorter 20-minute classes knowing that it can be challenging to be present to yourself and your emotions as you attend to the pain of your loss. The classes are gentle, grounding and offer you a way open to your grief, knowing that grief is ever changing and evolving. It begins with a class on being gentle with yourself, then a class that speaks about how your wound is where your light comes in, the next class asks you to give infinite time and no ambition for your loss, there is a class to allow your emotions to flow, and then one to experience the cycle of grief.
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