abhāva pratyayā ‘laṁbanā vṛttir nidrā

Sleep is necessary. Sleep is good. Sleep should only happen when we’re sleeping, though. The state we can attain during our humdrum ordinary day, that sense of disconnection and withdrawal from the world around us–this is what we want to avoid. This is insulating us from our truest experience. The cultivation of attention, the sense […]

pramāṇa viparyaya vikalpa nidrā smṛtayaḥ

Right thinking, wrong thinking, vision, sleep and memory. These are the things we mistake for what is. We often seek mediation between our experience and…our experience. A path to “understand” rather than simply being in the experience. We seek reasons and justifications for what is happening, we cultivate a vision of why it’s happening, we […]

vṛtti sārūpyam itaratra

When we’re not resident in the Self, we reside in our fantasies. This is really stating the antithesis of the prior sutra–if we’re not able to rein in our imagination, to distinguish it from reality, we cannot reside in our Self. It could literally be no other way–either we reside in truth, and can connect […]

yogaś citta vṛtti nirodhaḥ

“Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind” Why inhabit the present moment? To begin to let go of our fantasies and see the world as it truly is. For me, this isn’t the stopping of thought. Certainly some schools of yoga encourage this–an attempt to step away from the world entirely, to […]

atha yogā ‘nuśāsanaṃ

“Now begins the study of Yoga” I’ve been told (though I don’t know to what extent it may be true) that in all the ancient texts, the yogis would start with the single most potent word that, if you truly understood it, would render all the rest of the text superfluous. Certainly in Patanjali’s Yoga […]