We have this core belief about being a human being that we need to get more to be complete. If we could improve our physical appearance, our health, improve our relationship or get in a better relationship, fix our job or get a better job, fix up our house or move to a better house, buy a better yoga mat, better clothes, a better night’s sleep, then we would be fulfilled.
In our culture, we are taught that when we grasp enough pleasureable experiences one after the other our lives will be happy. The problem is that wanting is like an intoxicant and we are unable to see clearly.
The truth is, we do not need to acquire things or change things, we can see how our sense of longing and incompleteness gets us caught in a vortex of desire and wanting. It creates a belief and a feeling that we are separate and not whole, that we are deficient and inadequate in some way.
With the stability of our yoga practice we can notice that we are caught up in a painful narrative of grasping and wanting and come back to resting in our body. When we stabilize our awareness opens.
When the desire, longing, wanting arises. When that sense of being partial, defective or imperfect in some way comes up it is an invitation to stabilize so our awareness can open. We can become curious about the longing. How long does it last? Does it intensify? Does it fade away? How does it feel in your body? Where do you feel it in your body? What emotions are attached? Is it charged? In what way? Notice how the longing, wanting and desire shifts and changes as you pay attention to it.
With awareness we can distinguish unhealthy desire from skillful motivation. We can start to open to our experience of desire, longing and wanting and with wakeful conscious attention unlock the valuable energy bound up within them.
This is not a matter of creating a club to judge our experience or push it away as if it wasn’t happening. And we are not confusing desire with pleasure. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a pleasant experience. We are bringing compassionate, tender awareness to acknowledge the longing that is present in our lives so that we can respond more skillfully. We understand that nothing lasts forever, just as the desire arises, it too will pass away.
At its deepest core all of our unskillful desire is a deep spiritual longing to connect with our own completeness. The more we support our awareness and sense into each experience we can recognize that we are intrinsically good and honour our precious human life.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Supported Fish Pose or Salamba Matsyasana, Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana, Ardha Dhanurasana or Half Bow Pose, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Pigeon or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Dancer Pose or Natarajasana, Over the Moon Pose or Ardha Chandrasana Chapasana, Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold or Prasarita Padottanasana, Zig Zag Twist or Bharadvajasana, Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose, Bhairava Mudra (Male) or Bhairavi Mudra (Female)
Props Needed: 2 Blocks
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Let me know in the comments how longing, desire, and wanting felt in your body and how it shifts and changes as you pay attention to it.
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