Saturday, February 20, 2010

given to me through continuous practice

sutra 2.30

"Yama comprises: 1. Consideration towards all living beings, especially those who are innocent, in difficulty, or worse off than we are.
2. Right communication through speech, writing, gesture and actions.
3. Noncovetousness or the ability to resist a desire for that which does not belong to us.
4. Moderation in all our actions.
5. Absence of greed the ability to accept only what is appropriate." (Desikachar translation)

wow! Ok… my first reaction is - There is no way I can do this!! But than I'm relieved, "I" don't have to do this, this is given to me through continuous practice. "It's not about getting it and to be done with it - it (yoga) is a process... more will be revealed". Or as Desikachar writes "we strive for them… how we behave towards others and our environment reveals our state of mind".

I can relate to "consideration towards all living beings" in my everyday. When I'm in contact of how we all are connected and in my position of “I get to have a work”, I can see consideration take form. In my work I get to serve as a teacher, project manager or as a librarian. Sometime my consideration looks like "leave me out of the equation", stay in bed, and don’t met the world today. But I love to say "how can I help you?" or "If there are any questions or wishes - please come forward".

Considering "right communication" hits me especially when I write to the net, or the blog. How to communicate when the receivers eye and heart is not "there" in skin and blood (oh how dramatic) but only unified with me in mind and action. It gets very real. As honest as can be - is my guideline here.

To not be greedy, is as close as I can understand "noncovetousness", so where does this vibrate today? Well I can be greedy on making appointments, I really want to do it all and right now! To resist this desire I need help :-) yogapractice, listening to you and awareness is help!! I get to know my truth and the authentic possibility for engaging in projects. Oh, but now I can tell that not being greedy is the number four, so this one is more of not stealing? Ok, I've got to figure that word out… I'll be back on that.

Moderation in all our actions, reminds me of how I used to try to fix me a daily practice - and I figured out loong advanced schedules for training the body, and I lasted - at the most - a week, often I never got to the actual training, just kept on planning how much I was going to be faithful to my workout or practice tomorrow :-) Today, moderation vibrates on the "ambition-chord". Again "I" can't do it, but reality seems to be pretty good at making moderation happen, in one way or another :-)

Absences of greed - well I've already written about that subject.

Again, my plan is to just deliver this sutra in class – and check in during my week, to se how it unfolds in my day.
Jenni Saunte


Subhash said...

Hi Jenni,
I just came across your site and am glad to see that you are exploring the yoga sutras in some depth. More importantly you are relating these sutras to your everyday experiences. what a nice approach.
I have myself been studying the sutras for a long time. For the last couple of years I have been running a yoga sutra study group where we discuss these sutras and discuss their practical import. You may be interested in browsing through some of the resources that I have compiled:
Yoga Sutra Study Group (blog):
Translation of Yoga Sutras by 7 different authors:
Audio recording of all the sutras:
Useful yoga sutra links:
I would love to receive yor feedback.


Jenni said...

Hi Subhash
Thank you for reading and commenting :-) I have tried for some time to arrange a study-group, I love the way you do it! I think it is so vital to share the experience, and so easy to get lost in one way or another if you do it by your self (to much ego going on there..). My challenge is that the people I have around me in the yoga community here – that have showed interest to build such a group, they have problems reading English, and I find the English translations much more giving and rich than the one Danish I have found so far. The everyday experience, is how they come alive to me – not just an intellectual line of thoughts, but dirt under the nails :-) I love it when I so clearly see how the teaching form, has it’s origin in this strong philosophy! All the little details and instructions, I’ve learnt to say, is not made up by my teachers, but have hundreds of years of dens experience behind them. Thank you for sharing! Namasté Jenni