Yoga teaches me to let go and move on.
Aparigraha is a sanskrit word meaning non-possesiveness and it’s one of the yamas in the eight-limbed path of yoga outlined in the yoga sutras by Patanjali. The practice of aparigraha basically means clearing space by letting go of the old in order for new, fresh energy to flow. This brings lightness and vitality into our lives.
It can be overwhelming to hear that we have the power to let go of grudges, perceived injustices, and painful past events. It can be more comfortable to be the person who is on the receiving end of an action. “This thing happened to me, therefore I am ____” But, like the wise poet Rakim said, “It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.” It’s a way of saying that what happened to us in the past doesn’t define our future. It undoubtedly shapes us, but we can use those experiences as momentum to birth into a new, elevated understanding of ourselves. We can leave the parts behind that no longer serve us and keep the parts that truly teach us.
It’s kinda like housecleaning. You know that light feeling you get when you’ve thrown away the excess, let go of some old clothing lingering in the closet, maybe even some receipts with no home or purpose? You get that feeling because clearing the clutter creates ease and a free flow of energy to your home that promotes harmony.
It’s the same with letting go of grudges, forgiving the people who harmed you, forgiving yourself for any harm you’ve intentionally or unintentionally caused others, and taking really good care of yourself. Aparigraha is a practice of internal housecleaning and we gain perspective as events unfold in life when we use yoga and meditation. Yoga brings the focus to ourselves and helps us find solutions and insight based on our own actions. It changes the story from “This thing happened to me, therefore I am that,” to “This thing happened to me, I can see where it came from, next time I can try responding in this way, it’s not the end of the world, I can let it go and move on.” Big difference!
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