“There is only one asana and that is the relationship with yourself. Being comfortable with yourself--with your body and your mind--is the goal. Allowing your relationship with yourself to be steady and joyful will reveal the true self inside of all the whirling and changing. The true self is eternal and unchanging. Asana and meditation are the same practice--both about being able to sit with whatever may be happening and trusting that inside of it all that is eternal joy which is the only true reality--and that is your own self.
Every feeling, every emotion, positive or negative, has a starting point, an origin. In the ancient wisdom--not just in yogic tradition, but in all spiritual traditions-- the source of everything is joy. The source of the entire universe is joy: boundless.
The paradox is that in order for practice to be effective, we need detachment; but in order to develop detachment, we need to practice. So we go through a yoga class, a day at work, an evening at home or a dinner with friends, and no matter what comes up, we sit with it--that is, we don’t run away from it or resort to blame or arrogance other externalizing mental actions, or if we do, then we note that and try not to be attached to it. And little by little, we find that we can sit with it a little longer, and we can remain unfurled a little more, all at the same time.” -Sharon Gannon •••||•••
Your true self lives in Joy. This #MantraMonday we are inspired by Sharon Gannon and finding joy through our practice of non-attachment.