Frequently when we want to change the direction of where we are going, whether walking, driving or riding our Citi Bike down the street, changing direction on some level requires slowing down; maybe even stopping and then turning. A friend of mine the other night suggested that in the spiritual practice, changing direction (changing the direction of how we see ourselves, how we see the world, how we see others, etc.) is more like a big ship, a Cruise Liner changing it’s course at sea. SLOOOOW!
Slowing down creates the space to gather certainty – certainty of direction.
*Yoga Sutras Chapter 2, Verse 30
Ahimsa, Satya Asteya Brahmacharya Aparigraha Yamah
Yamah consists of Ahimsa (not adding to the suffering of others), Satya (not lying to others), Asteya (not stealing from others), Brahmacharya (not manipulating others sexually), and Aparigraha (not taking more than you need). These considerations in our practice towards others, are the first limb of the eight limb path of Ashtanga Yoga. These considerations in our practice are the first step in reaching that awareness of ourselves as calm, un-agitated, untainted, content and free of anxiety.