Aparigraha – Non Attachment

We have made a big decision to move our lives North recently, and we’re spending every waking minute (plus some of those we’re supposed to be sleeping) thinking about it, planning for it and saving for it. Some days it gets tough to remember why we’re doing it, and we get caught up in the doubts of what if it goes wrong, what if we can find work, what if we can’t find anywhere to live, what if we don’t have enough money for rent; that we’re forgetting our reasons for doing it.

I am working a 9-5 job, I am teaching yoga classes before work, in the evenings and at weekends, I am planning a retreat and workshops and all the while trying to write blog posts and market both of our businesses online. I should do all of these things with love and let go what might come of it.

The last of the five yamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, Aparigraha translates to ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘non-attachment’.

The yamas are moral guidelines, and can be applied to our lives both on and off the yoga mat, helping us to practice not just for the benefit of ourselves and those around us.

This particular yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and to let go when the time is right, and helps me refocus on what we’re doing right now. We shouldn’t concern ourselves with the outcome of a situation, we should only concern ourselves with what we are doing right now in this moment, as we work towards that outcome.

‘Let your concern be with action alone, and never with the fruits of action. Do not let the results of action be your motive, and do not be attached to inaction’ – the Bhagavad Gita

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