Master instructor Rodney Yee shares his interpretation of Yoga Sutra 1.2.
In Sutra 1.2, Patanjali, the sage who compiled the Yoga Sutra, writes that we have to diminish the chatter, or vrttis, of the thoughts to be able to witness our true self. Anyone who has tried to meditate is aware of that is a lot simpler stated than achieved. Even after 40 years of apply, my monkey thoughts can shortly take over as I sit in Padmasana (Lotus Pose). A cloud of ideas rolls in like a storm or a swarm of mosquitoes. These ideas about learn how to be a “good yogi,” find out how to good my posture, find out how to be much more conscious—masquerade as necessary notions, however they’re actually simply nuisances.
What I like about Sutra 1.2 is that it reminds us we are literally nearer to self-realization, and discovering concord, than we expect we’re. There is part of us that, whereas our thoughts struggles to concentrate on the breath and settle our vrttis, is already sitting quietly and watching all of these sensations, ideas, and emotions. If we’re asking “Who is the meditator?”, “Who is watching?”, “Who am I?”, and “What is the field of awareness in which all of these mosquitoes breed?” we’re on the proper monitor. Just the acts of observing and asking assist to arrest the fluctuations of the thoughts, or consciousness, and we begin to see that consciousness itself is our true nature and that the short-term buzz of ideas, emotions, and sensations isn’t actual or vital.
But if distractions—from discomfort in your hips to ideas about what occurred an hour in the past—are too loud, then it’s straightforward in your true self to be eclipsed by vrttis. So, it’s essential to make use of all the yogic instruments we’ve got entry to (asana, mantra, pranayama, and extra), along with meditation, to alleviate discomfort and transfer us nearer to a way of steadiness, ease, and freedom the place we will shine the mild of consciousness on the fluctuations of the thoughts.
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