Jul 17-23: Lesson 110: Raga (Attachment)
We suffer when we are attached to our thoughts. This is a simple but profound yogic truth. What is something that is causing you stress or suffering in this moment?
Identify the thought. For example, “My back hurts”. We learn in yoga that pain is only suffering when we are resisting it. Can we accept the pain as wisdom from our body? Is it guiding us to make a needed change in our lives? Is it giving us more compassion for others in pain?
How about emotional pain? Here is a personal story: my daughter would not let me wash the sand off her when we returned from the beach yesterday. I was attached to both the idea that she be clean, but more-so, that I not have sand all over the house. Byron Katie’s work provides beautiful guidance out of this mess. She asks, “Who are you when you have that thought?” In this case, I was an angry, impatient, stubborn mom.
When I allowed myself to answer Byron Katie’s next question “Who would you be without that thought?” I noticed first my resistance to letting go of my belief that “My daughter should let me wash the sand off of her”. I had so many reasons why my thought was true and rational. It took some time, some quiet, some breathing, but I finally realized I just plain-old didn’t want to be the angry mother, and my daughter had gotten over the incident hours before.
Kids, like dogs, teach us a lot about letting go and forgiveness.
Yoga Joke: What kind of vacuum cleaner does a Yogi use?
One without attachments.