- Sutras III:16 - III:55 (pg. 139-183)
- Goal: Learn non-attachment to results
When I think about Yoga's "siddhis" or superpowers, my first Yoga teacher and mentor, Bob Butera, comes to mind. He said that levitation and reading another person's mind are not as important as learning to forgive and/or to listen.
This reminds me of another great yoga story told by the founder of the YogaLife Institute, Shri Yogendra. In this story Shri Yogendra was together with another yoga master, who was demonstrating how he had mastered telekinesis. Shri Yogendra watched as the other yoga master focused his mind and caused an object to move from one side of the room to the other. Shri Yogendras's response? "Oh, I can do that too." And he went and picked up the object and walked it over to the other side of the room.
This is a funny story, and certainly reminds us to question what is really most important to spend our time and energy on. Yet, in this third Book of the Yoga Sutras, we also become aware that our power as human beings, particularly in relation to how we use our mind, is inspiring. What would happen if we had a stealthy, disciplined mind infused with spiritual power?
What is your superpower? Are you someone who forgives easily? Are you a great listener? Are you able to love yourself with great compassion?
Is there a superpower you aspire to embody?
My kids are currently 4 and 7 years old. It has taken me this long to understand the magnitude of taking care of “myself times three”. I think most people have a challenging enough time taking good care of themselves in this day and age. When we consider that we are doubling or tripling that responsibility, to me it becomes easy to call mothering a siddhi or superpower. As mothers we have to honor our own need for proper rest, nutrition, exercise, interesting activities...and we also have to keep in mind these (often different) needs of one or more children. It is surely a super power to achieve! In this we must draw upon the superpowers mentioned above, falling back again and again on Love, Patience, Self Care, Gratitude. The best way to feel these with children is to be sure you are giving them to yourself. How are you loving yourself? Are you patient with yourself? How can you take better care of yourself (one little thing, today). Are you grateful for yourself?