Aparigraha or non-attachment, non-greed, or non-possessiveness, is the last Yama in Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. These moral codes help us in our yoga practice and our daily life.
Graha- to take
Pari- ‘on all sides’, and the prefix ‘a’ negates the word itself-means ‘non’. This yams teaches us what we really need, to keep what serves us, and to let go when needed.
It’s not about your DESTINATION -it’s about the JOURNEY!
“Let your concern be with the action alone, and never with the fruits of action. Do not let the results of your action be your motive, and do not be attached to inaction.” – Krishna
When you work for something in look of praise and not for the love of it- it’s a disservice to yourself and to others. Your passions will come alive, you will feel abundant and feel fulfilled in life if you lead with the heart, not trying to take anything by greed, or feeling like material or non material things/attachments make you happy. When you let go of what is not needed, the stress relief subsides and calms your nervous system, preserving the energy for what is really needed.
🧿In yoga: let go of the need to have the perfect pose, to look like the person next to you, or compete with the person next to you. This is your internal practice.
Practice because you love to, no need to force a goal.
🧿At home: The more we hoard material possessions, the more we weigh ourselves down with not only physical, but energetic baggage, and the more we become attached to and worry about losing these said possessions. Give to charity, buy less, live a minimalism lifestyle. Cluttered house, cluttered mind: clean house, organized and clear mind.
🧿When buying something: will it bring lasting happiness? Will it help you find peace? Will it help you live in a more self-reliant and simpler way?
🧿With food: eat less, eat until 80% full to allow to digest. Eat foods of high energy, vibrant, rainbow colors all fruits and veggies, clean eating. Small shopping list, think of the waste of the food and package of materials build up.
🧿In mind: over worrying? Experience the present now, don’t let your mind take your present moments away. Allow feelings to come, don’t burry them away.
“Aparigraha offers us so much freedom – the freedom to work and do what we love without worrying about the outcome, the freedom to rely less on external and material possessions to bring us happiness, and the freedom to experience everything life has to offer, whatever that may be. See what happens when you apply this yama to your life, what happens when you just let go?” -Emma Newlyn, 500ERYT
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