Yoga Sutra 2.17
Drastr drsyayoh samyoga heya hetuh.
The cause of that avoidable pain is the union of the Seer with the Seen.
Who is the Seer? Intellectually, I can tell you it is the Divine Within. You can call it God, Spirit or my personal favorite: Diosa! However, in Spiritual matters I find what the sages say to be true ~ direct experience is the only way to the Truth. Intellect is pretty much worthless. And that’s where I am at: worthless intellect. Or at least that’s how it feels. You see, even though I have not read this Sutra before, I’ve been studying the idea of this Sutra for about 10 years now. This idea is one which still eludes me on a deeper level.
And that is exactly what this Sutra is discussing: the Seer, the Divine Within, always is… Well, Divine! I am the Divine Seer. What I see (objects, my emotions, my feelings, etc…) is not me. To be more specific, I am always the Divine Within. I only suffer (or feel “avoidable pain”) when I identify with anything that is not the Divine Within. In this case, the fact that I’ve been intellectualizing this idea and my feelings of failure about it.
Off the Mat, I am learning to identify with this Divinity Within. Not allowing my GUILT to be an impetus of more identification with anything less than the Glorious Diosa. I’ve been feeling lazy and guilty about not attending class regularly this Thanksgiving week. So, I say to myself, “I am not lazy or guilty. I am feeling those feelings. ” This creates temporary steadiness of mind. The key word being “temporary.” As the Sutras themselves say, “effort towards steadiness of mind…becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.” (1.13-14) Back to the drawing board off and ON the Mat.
Yoga Sutra 2.11
In the active state, [obstacles] can be destroyed by meditation.
I have a very loose interpretation of meditation compared to most. I am not at the point in my spiritual path where I could sit for even 5 minutes daily in silence. Even in Savasana (Corpse Pose at the end of a Yoga class) I struggle to remain in it for very long. I find my mind wandering and my body itching to get up.
The purpose of meditation is to be fully aware of our true Self. The path to this Yoga [Union] is becoming more aware. Since I am not at the point in my spiritual evolution for long seated meditations, I do what I can. I can start with small baby steps: being more aware in my everyday moments. I’m finding that my Practice has been helpful in my awareness. My Mat helps me focus on and stay grounded in my breath which helps keep my mind focused. It helps me to accept whatever level of the full expression of the pose I am in; accepting and working with what IS.
Off the mat, I saw that when I was faced with many “catastrophes” this week, I remembered to focus on and stay grounded in my breath. I remembered to accept and work with what IS. Each time, I found a miracle and/or peace. A miracle in that either the situation changed completely or it did not turn out as badly as I feared. Peace in that I accepted the present moment and began to work with what IS, not what I feared would be.
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