What I'm Learning

Letting Go

Chapter 3 

“One of the most frequently studied principles of yoga’s sacred texts is the concept of living yogaletting go.  Also called detachment or surrender.”

“Avidya means “actively being in the state of not seeing the true nature of reality.  Patanjali teaches that we are caught in avidya, that is, in seeing reality from our own particular point of view.”

what 2“Truth is a matter of perspective.  So if you ask yourself from what exactly are you to be detached, the only possible answer is that you are to give up your attachment to the way you think things are.  When you do, you get out of your own way and can experience another perspective.”

what“One way to view enlightenment is as a radical shift of perspective.  Nothing outside of you has changed: you have changed.  And yet, paradoxically, you have not changed, but rather have become what you already are.”

“…detachment requires total engagement.  When you allow yourself to see things as they really are, then – and only then- can you love yourself and others without hidden expectations.  Detachment is the greatest act of love.”

Today’s Practice

If you notice that you have a strong desire to be right, try not venturing an opinion the next time someone else expresses one.

Today’s Mantra

Detachment is the greatest act of love.


Excerpts above are from “Living Your Yoga, finding the spiritual path in everyday life”, by Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.

I read a chapter a day and write down what I’ve learned. Most statements are direct quotes from the book, my thoughts are followed by my name.




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