Friday, August 1, 2014

Yoga Sutra 1.14



I had a B.E.S.T. client a few days ago who asked, "How long do I have to do this for?" I told him that my clients who get the most out of B.E.S.T. are the ones who come every week.

Yoga Sutra 1.14 says, "Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness." It is my experience that anything that's good for you, that's worth doing, is even better for you if you commit to it and make it part of your life.

People who "diet" often don't get long-lasting results because they only want to commit to their diet for a finite period of time. Changing habits, whether it's adopting Meatless Mondays, or developing a routine around walking everyday, or any other number of "lifestyle" changes, is what will ultimately make a difference in our lives. And new and healthier habits are different for everybody; just because your neighbor started working with a personal trainer doesn't mean you should too.

Swami Satchitananda, in his commentary on Yoga Sutra 1.14  says, "And the last qualification: in all earnestness. That means with full attention, with the entire application of your mind, and with full faith in your achievement."

If you commit to Meatless Mondays, but really wish you were eating steak, it won't work. Surrender to your choice and let it change you. When I decided to try being vegan, it was the end of January, I thought I'd give it a go until my birthday, which is in the middle of March. That was 3 and a half years ago. It was the right choice for me, I committed to it then and I commit to it again every new day, so far.

Leonardo Da Vinci said "It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end." Give yourself a good chunk of time to try your new habit and let go of any resistance to it. Patanjali says "a long time," but he doesn't say how long.

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