From controlling to letting go

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What if the pure mind in it’s true nature was like a still lake?

Perfectly reflecting the environment, the trees, the moon, the stars…

Reality as it is.

Thoughts would be like stones thrown into this lake, creating ripples and disturbing the tranquillity of the still water. Destroying the reflection of reality.

When to many arise, we don’t see clearly any longer.

 

Thought ripples  are pulling us away from the present, we get involved with our inner dialogue, identifying with our past experiences, and what we tell ourselves on a daily basis.

Our patterns get stronger as we feed them by listening to them, by getting involved with their content, making them real whereas they are only statements, judgments, ideas, impressions that became tendencies over time… illusions.

We live in a dream of past and future, a land of thoughts, becoming blind and separated from life, disconnected from the now.

If we remember the definition of Yoga in Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra, translated as : « Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind », we understand that long time ago, yogis were troubled by their own mind too. The Yoga-Sutra is a work of mystical philosophy, presenting a refined method that leads to total mind control, using the body as an essential vehicle. The ultimate goal is liberation from the cycles of reincarnation through the experience of  ‘samadhis’ which can be translated as mystical meditative states…

 

Our mind is like a terrorist.

As we sit and breathe, concentrate or practice asana, trying to focus and to stay present, thoughts continue to arise, and before we know, again we get involved with their content.

The Yoga practice can teach us to acknowledge those thoughts for what they are, not fighting against them or trying to push them away, but letting them come and go, and coming back to the breath, gently refocusing.

The root cause of our suffering is identification with our thought patterns, holding on to our emotions, grasping, getting involved with this inner dialogue, adding some more to those stories we create within.

Sadness, anger, joy, jealousy, fear… nothing is permanent, we have to learn to step aside when possible, letting it come, letting it go.

 

Yoga is practical philosophy, it happens out of the mat, in the daily life. This is where we test our metal.

As soon as we get overwhelmed, stressed out, challenged in our ability to stay centred and balanced, the breath is there, and we can come back to it. Feeling it is coming back to the present, to this inner stillness that lies within each one of us, to this link with every living being.

Becoming mindful, just by being fully present to whatever we do (walking, eating, writing, talking…), just for a few seconds and a few times in a day, might lead to changes in our mental structure.

When we ARE (in the present), we begin to see reality more clearly, developing with time and practice the ability to act instead of just reacting.