Bramacharya: Moderation

Friday, November 18, 2016

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Bramacharya: Moderation

Bramacharya is traditionally translated to mean “celibacy.”

But since we live in modern times—and (at least most of us) aren’t looking to become a monk in a monastery—the translation can adapt to include the practice of moderation.

Meaning, know when to say NO.

The practice of Bramacharya is the cultivation of healthy boundaries. It’s having the self-restraint and self-discipline to make choices in alignment with our Divine purpose. It’s knowing our bodies are sacred, so what we put into them and how matters. It’s treating ourselves the way we want others to treat us.

Regarding the more traditional translation, Bramacharya is the practice of making sex a sacred act of love instead of a physical itch to scratch. In other words, we don’t use another person’s body as a means of releasing our own tension. We sit with ourselves and deal with what arises.

Such is the practice of yoga.

When I first started along this path, the practice of Bramacharya was the hardest for me. But it was also the most liberating. Knowing when to say enough is enough, and having the courage to do so is one of the most powerful practices we can cultivate in our lives.

Try it.

Take the reins on your life, and live with the beauty of Bramacharya.

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