Sutra 15 of Book 2 of the Yoga Sutras makes a very interesting argument. It basically says that to the spiritual seeker (and that would be you and me yoga mama) everything in the material world brings pain.
The rebellious side of me wanted to …well…rebel against this. But then Patanjali gives his commentary.
What he’s saying is everything in the world of phenomena is fleeting. There is nothing here on planet earth that lasts forever. And so even if we achieve a level of comfort, joy and success, we know and often feel anxious about losing it later.
This was so top of mind when my babies were infants. That first time, after nights and nights of broken sleep for me and baby, that my little one finally SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT highlighted this very point!
It was like heaven. I got a full 4 hours of sleep in a row! And while it felt phenomenal I had no idea whether the same thing was going to happen the next night, or the night after.
We know babies have a way of creating inconsistency in our lives. But they are the perfect ones to teach us just what this Yoga Sutra is getting at.
That even in our greatest moments of joy and pleasure we are often plagued with anxiety of the lack there of.
So how do we get over this?
This is where mindfulness and anchoring yourself in the present moment comes in handy.
We can choose not to dwell on the future that is uncertain.
We can choose not to worry about what may or may not be tomorrow.
And we can choose instead to revel in the goodness of what is happening in this present moment.
Have a particularly mindful and present-filled week Mama!
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