Week 8: Gaining Control Of The Mind Through Practice And Non-Attachment

“[M]ental modifications (vrittis/distortions) are restrained by practice and non-attachment.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson12: Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah

Abyasa: practice | Vairagya: non-attachment (abhyam: by both) | Tad (tan): they | Nirodhah: restrained


The two key things that are required in order to gain control of our mind, and achieve results on our Eightfold Path, are practice and non-attachment.

Everyday, we must make it our goal to practice our Yamas, Niyamas, Asanas, Pranayamas, Pratyaharas, Dharanas, and Dhyanas as we strive to reach Samadhi. And everyday, as we practice, we may experience slip ups as we work towards perfection.

It is, therefore, vital that we not only make it our habit to continue to practice each day in order to move forward with consistent effort toward our goal of self-mastery, but that we also make it our goal to remain unattached to any outcome of our practice within any given day or moment in time as well.

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Week 7: Check-In

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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