Lessons From Yoga Sutra 1.2

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Yoga is When the Mind Stuff Ceases

If anyone is paying attention to the astral energies, they are aware that we are ending a moon in Scorpio; and moving into one in Leo starting with a Mercury retrograde. Scorpio gives us the very intense sense of loss, letting go of all the things that are no longer serving us; and while Mercury solidifies that severing of ties, Leo brings in new things with love and light. Leaving us in a very dense fog, with a torn state of consciousness.

For many people this is the breaking point for many of the things in their lives that they are unhappy with or want to let go of; but have not had the guile to do so. The universe is essentially saying, “you know you need this, I know you need this, so I am making the change for you”. This leaves many people with their heads spinning trying to re-stable themselves on some ground, while a new path is laid out in front of them.

This ripping, growing, and spinning causes a great amount of confusion within the ego-self. We must let go of things completely and not dwell on them, but at the same time prepare ourselves for the new exciting things that are coming; and depending on the shift this can either be very disruptive or very invigorating.

In this state of fog is the best to come back to some of the teachings of yoga; mainly Yoga Sutra 1.2,

“yoga is when the mind stuff ceases”.

When focusing on the things you want to manifest in your life and bringing positive light, it takes a lot of concentration. It takes the true practice of yoga, or letting go of the mind stuff. Our minds are only a part of this dream-reality, and are not reflexion of our true Selves. However the mind can hinder or help the shining of our true Selves through the ego self. When we focus our minds and align them with our Self we are able to full fill our dharma.

No time is it more important to bring to light this idea of ceasing the mind stuff than during an astral state of fog. We have found ourselves surrounded by conflicting and yet complementing energies; and there is nothing we can do other than to continue to walk through the fog.

As difficult as it can be to refocus our minds on the better stuff the universe is offering us, it again brings us to a state of bliss and tranquility. The fog is a medium of change that when it is over can leave us with a great sense of appreciation and a deeper state of enlightenment, if we chose. Below is a good Zen story by Suzuki Roshi.

“In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say: ‘Oh, this pace is terrible.’ But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language; you cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over again you will master it.”

Little by little as we walk through the fog we will find ourselves in a better place. Free of the energies that once helped us but now hold us back and saturated with new energies to bring us to where we want to be.

Practice in love and peace ❤

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About 8petallotus

Here are the thoughts that hit me after everything is done and quiet, capturing the few moments of enlightenment between the grind and giving it a place to inspire. A place for yoga and divine inspiration.
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