Week 10: Practicing Continuously And With Commitment For As Long As It Takes

“[L]et us not be like little children who sow a seed today and dig it up tomorrow to see how much the root went down. We need all these three qualities: patience, devotion and faith [to be successful in our goal of embodying our highest expression in our lifetime].”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 14: Sa Tu Dirgha Kala Nairantarya Satkarasevito Drdhabhmih

Sah (sa): this | Tu: and | Dirgha: long | Kala: time | Nairantarya: without break | Satkara: earnestness | Asevito: well attended to | Drdha: firm | Bhumih: ground

Habits, routines, and muscle memory all take effort and time to develop (even the undesirable ones).

Some routines and practices are easier than others to internalize, and it may take very little time to build up the necessary habits that are required in order to successfully integrate these routines into your life, or into your being. This usually occurs when a new routine or practice is naturally supported, or strengthened, by something else that you already effortlessly or regularly do. For example, you may find that it is easy to integrate regular Asanas (body work) into your day as you focus on your already developed Pranayamas (breath work). This practice is complementary since effective breathing is useful for deepening muscle flexibility, strength, and functioning, and will also support you with becoming more present for that activity and, therefore, better equipped to use those same Asanas to further develop your Pratyaharas (control of the senses), Dharanas (concentration/focus), and Dhyanas (meditations) as well.

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Week 9: Reflections On Practicing At All Times

“If you practiced at all [this week], I want to take the time to congratulate you on simply sticking with this important undertaking since the act of practicing in and of itself is one major part of your journey.

But, if you did not practice at all, or practiced very little, this week, well, then I want to remind you that you can simply start from where you are right now…so no worries at all.

In fact, that is your practice…it is eventually to have no worries at all.”

Week 9 Reflections

Week 9: Check-In

Your practice does not have to be perfect at all times; it simply has to remain consistent.

This week, we continued to focus on stressing out about less (and to a greater degree than before) and our task was to observe ourselves at all times in order to effectively gage whether our thoughts, words, actions (and the resulting physical effects of them), were in alignment with our goal of creating peace within and around us.

How did you do?

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