It’s a given. Most everyone has been experiencing what may feel like an insurmountable, continuous sense of sadness and fear. These feelings often feel unshakeable, the entire world seems filled with shakiness and instability. There is pervasive uncertainty and discomfort across the globe. It’s a steep learning curve. But what if the path of learning is that of yoga?
The Yoga Sutra, a slim volume of ancient and applicable yoga philosophy and psychology compiled by the sage Patanjali around 2,200 years ago, is a primary source of how to cultivate a steady mind. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, writes in his contemporary commentary, “Patanjali shares the ultimate yogic insight: the mind is the greatest of all secrets, and mastering the mind and its roaming tendencies empowers us to attain victory in both our inner and outer worlds. Patanjali considers yoga and samadhi, the absolutely peaceful and inwardly focused mind, to be synonymous.”
Tigunait continues, “Restoring the natural connection with our body and re-establishing inner balance and harmony begin with the practice of asana. Stability and comfort [sthira sukham] are the hallmarks of yoga postures.” Consider this in your next yoga practice. Better yet, consider it in your “walking around” life. When you’re feeling in the thick of it, pause. Take three deep breaths. Observe a steadiness and ease in those breaths. If you allow the mind to unite with the breath, over and over again, you might just witness a moment of relief. And another one. And another.
From that space of steady mind, reconsider the state of the world. What if we behold the mystery of the world right now? What if?