here’s a little reflection I made up last week while I dedicated the theme of the classes to Patanjali’s second limb: NYAMAS ( नियम ) the observances towards ourself,
- Sauca (शौच): purity, clearness of mind, speech and body
- Santocha (सन्तोष): contentment, acceptance of others and of one’s circumstances as they are, optimism for self
- Tapas (तपस्): self-discipline, persistent meditation, perseverance
- Svadhyaya (स्वाध्याय): study of self, self-reflection, introspection
- Isvara Pranidhana (ईश्वरप्रणिधान): contemplation of the Isvara (Lord, Suprem Being, True Self) and faith in Him
Well, basically they are recommendations on our conduct and they bring us to the “nectar” to the necessary. Everything which is “too much” is driving us far from our essence, and here we are given the tools to go back to our simple nature. Could you find any similarities with what is happening to you during this quarantine?
I realized that spontaneously we had cultivated one or more of those Nyamas, without even knowing. We had to renounce of superficial expenses: holidays, dinners out, fancy clothes, new objects… and reserve our resources for what was really important. Almost everyone has scheduled his time, his day or week in order to maintain an order in his life. We became more careful about our hygiene, we cleaned our houses as we haven’t done for so long, we start to find the time for meditation, sport, yoga, self inquiry and self study, and istinctly we developed a sense of “faith” that all of this is happening for a reason, that Mother Nature is having a break, that the planet is breathing.
I’m profoundly convinced that we have touched closer to our Simple Nature, our Essence and discovered a new portion of ourself and it won’t get lost so easily.
Continue to cultivate them!!
with Love Asia