Week 7: Check-In | Letting Go Of Mental Distortions And Suffering Through Mindfulness

Our Four Noble Truths, and quest for enlightenment through the Eightfold Path, reminds us that we must let go of all of the mental distortions that weight us down and keep us entangled/attached in the perpetual cycle of suffering that is inevitable for our species when we cling tightly to distortions that cause us to over-identify with our physical bodies, ideologies, identities, and our impermanent creations in our lifetime.

This, however, does not mean that we abandon care for our bodies/life vessels, or that we recklessly go around creating havoc in the world instead of consciously and diligently taking actions/performing “right” karma in order to manifest and bring about “good” things for ourselves and others while we are alive.

Letting go of our clinging to illusion, simply means developing awareness of what we are creating in our bodies, lives, and world through the landscape and tool of our minds, and being unattached to both the illusions that allow our resulting creations to manifest, as well as being detached from the outcome of what we manifest from our place of purity.

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Week 6: Let Your Thoughts Be Your Guide (Sutra 5)

“If you really want to be selfish [for any reason, whether it is because you feel that you cannot help it, or just because you do not want to help it], be selfish in the idea of retaining your peace.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 5: Vrttayah Pancatayyah Klistaklistah

Vrttayah: modifications/distortions | Pancatayyah: fivefold | Klista: painful | Aklistah: painless

All thoughts, which without a doubt start with you, come in two forms according to Patanjali in Sutra 5 of our lessons.

Thoughts are either selfish or selfless, and they have the effect of either creating pain or creating peace in ourselves and (then ultimately) in the world.

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