Book II Sutra 46 STHIRA SUKHAM ASANAM steady comfortable posture Asana is a steady, comfortable posture
In this past week I am experimenting with taking that “extra” sugar out of my diet and to see what changes occur from my physical, mental, energetic and emotional bodies. I have been experiencing some detox from the sugar, so I turned to my asana practice. Finding more steadiness in the physical because and less mental tension. It reminded me of a Yoga Sutras and intuitively knew which one I was presently connected with. Here is why:
“Unless the body is perfectly healthy and free from all toxins and tensions, a comfortable pose in not easily obtained. Physical and mental toxins create stiffness and tension. Anything that makes us stiff can also break us. Only if we are supple will we never break”.
“A conversation between a weed and a big tree: Both grew on the bank of a swiftly running jungle river. One day the tree looked down at the tiny weed and said, “Hey, you puny little creature, why do you stand near me? Aren’t you ashamed to be by my side? See how great, how big, how tall I am? How sturdy and strong? Even an elephant cannot move me. But look at you. Hah! You shouldn’t have come here. People will see the difference and laugh at you. Why don’t you move somewhere else?” The weed bent her head. ”Sir,” she said, “what can I do? I didn’t come here purposely. I just happen to be here. I know I’m not strong and stiff as you. But please pardon my presence.” ”All right,” boomed the big tree, “but just remember your place!” This conversation happened during the rainy season. The very next day a heavy rain came, inundating the jungle and causing a terrible flood. When a river floods, it erodes the banks and pulls down anything in its way. Coming in such force, the water pulled down the big tree instantly. But the weed bent down, flattened herself completely and let the water run over her. When the flood passed, she rose up agaian. Looking this way and that, she wondered, “What happened to the great tree? I don’t see it.” From far away she heard the tree’s reply. ”I’m being pulled down by the water. I should have been humble and simple and supple like you. Now I’m being destroyed.”
Experiment, Play and Witness the Possibilities Within You!
All quoted from the book: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
”My soul, bless me, be with me. Energize me so I can face the world with the strength of the spirit. Save me from duality, give me the reality and royalty so I can face my world in peace and tranquility. May this journey of life be completed with love and affection, kindness and compassion for all living things.”
~ Yogi Bhajan
P.U.S.H. = Pray Until Something Happens!
When everything seems to go wrong, just P.U.S.H.
When the job gets you down, P.U.S.H.
When people don’t react the way you think they should, P.U.S.H.
When your money looks funny and the bills are due, P.U.S.H.
When people just don’t understand you, just P.U.S.H.!!!
One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
This is such a lovely story: so simple and yet so true. I think each and every one of us has these two wolves running around inside us. The Evil wolf or the Good Wolf is fed daily by the choices we make with our thoughts. What you think about and dwell upon will in a sense appear in your life and influence your behavior.
We have a choice, feed the Good Wolf and it will show up in our character, habits and behavior positively. Or feed the Evil Wolf and our whole world will turn negative: like poison, this will slowly eat away at our soul.
The crucial question is “Which are you feeding today”?