Ashtanga & Gratitude. ~ Shayan Landrum →
To be embodied, to have the physical ability to practice at all is a miracle, and we should practice with gratitude to be here to practice. Within the Ashtanga system, we try to progress, but progressing is not actually attempting to achieve anything materially. It is an act of embracing the gift that is our life, showing gratitude for the body we have, and being willing to face whatever is arising in that moment.
And so we practice Ashtanga Vinyasa, because, for now, we are embodied, and that miracle is a source of boundless gratitude. Because it is the system that we have chosen, or that has chosen us. And, because, as one of my teachers once said to me, “What else would you do?”
Once Lord Ram asked Sri Hanuman, “What are you, a monkey or a man?”
Hanuman bowed his head reverently, folded his hands and said, “When I do not know who I am, I serve You; and when I do know who I am, You and I are one.”
May Sri Lord Hanuman guide us in what it means to be loyal, devoted and ever-faithful. Happy Hanuman Jayanti to all.
Yoga Sutras on speaking the truth
Book Two - Sadhana Pada, 2.36
From Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali, by Swami Hariharananda Aranya (Author), P. N. Mukherji (Translator)
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