Jul 3-9: Lesson 108: Avidya (Ignorance)
How the mind takes its first step towards suffering
The easiest path to Joy is to surrender our Ego. Our ego, or sense of "me and mine", is not all bad . . . it helps us when it is under the direction of our Spirit. Ego can bring forth the expression of our love, peace, discipline, courage, and other truths. But when the ego is not tamed, much like an untrained puppy, it wreaks a lot of havoc by steering us, ultimately, toward pain and suffering. It is this "ignorance" or "forgetting" that Yoga Psychology calls Avidya.
Yoga brings many students a new understanding of their Ego. As we develop awareness of ourselves and the constantly changing nature of our body and mind we notice that stretching feels good, or perhaps uncomfortable. We notice that our breath is easy when we feel peace, and shallow when we are under stress. We notice in meditation that our mind can watch itself, let thoughts come and go, return to a peaceful breath, intention or prayer.
We begin to notice and ask, "Who is this One who watches Myself?" Take a moment to notice your ability to be a witness to yourself. When we are in this essence--our essence, Avidya disappears and a "peace that passeth understanding" begins to steer our course, informing and inspiring our perception of reality.