Inspired by teaching last weekend at our new Saturday outdoor yoga location right on the mighty Monongahela River, I have been sharing this reading from Mark Nepo's
Book of Awakening
with my classes. It's titled, 'What We Bring Along' and touches on the 5th Yama in
yoga philosophy - APARIGRAHA.
"In our journey through time, we all struggle constantly with what to bring along and what to leave behind. It feels so hard to throw anything away, but if we don't, we will drown underneath a weight of our own making.
The river is a good model. It doesn't own the water that rushes by, yet it couldn't be in more intimate relationship to it, as the force of what moves through shapes it. It is the same with everything we love.
IN TRUTH, THERE IS NO POINT TO HOLDING ON TO THE DEEPEST THINGS THAT MATTER, FOR THEY HAVE ALREADY SHAPED US.
The purpose of sentiment, then, is to release the powerful feelings that sleep in us. Sometimes books and cards and shells and dried flowers do this. But often we carry more than we need, seldom trusting that what these small treasures represent is already living within us. Often the most useful gift we can give ourselves is to lay our lives open like a river."
What are you bringing along!?