Aparigraha: Non-Grasping

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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Aparigraha: Non-Grasping


Ah, aparigraha: how sweet the sound; how bitter the practice.

Aparigraha is the last guideline given in the first limb of yoga—the yamas—and is the practice of letting go. Through this practice, we let go of what no longer serves us: relationships, jobs, ideas, material goods, etc… We let go of our attachment to our thoughts, and our need to control every aspect of our lives. 

We let go of our entire lives.

We confront death right in the face. We know it is coming. We know we cannot stop it. And we’re okay with that.

We recognize death as an essential part of life. We see the beauty in destruction.

We LET GO.

We stop holding on to whatever makes us unhappy, and we create space for new beginnings.

This is the practice of aparigraha, and it’s much easier said than done, I know.

But as the saying goes: the things that are necessary aren’t easy.

So buck up, beauties. Let go of attachment.

Free yourself.

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