Unfolding on the Mat
Expanded Content and Thoughtful Guidance
These days when I'm walking or driving and noticing the deciduous trees, I am struck by how they are really in their fullness right now. They are full and green. This is their big "ta-da!," before they reach the fall equinox, signaling time to release and rest.
I can't help but wonder: Are they scared? Do they cling to their leaves, worried they won't have enough to make it through the winter?
Maybe. But probably not.
If they do, I would be inclined to say to them, "Don't worry. I've seen you do this many times before. You must let go in order to grow. You must release your leaves--you will get new ones, more of them than now, when Spring returns."
As humans, myself included, we often have a harder time with this. We can slip into a scarcity mentality that says, "I don't have enough, there isn't enough, and I better hold on to what I have. Better yet, I need to go get some more."
But this is not what the Sutras teach us.
Aparigraha reminds us of the ABUNDANCE of life.
It is the clinging that shows we forgot.
As Nischala Joy Devi puts it in The Secret Power of Yoga, "Life's ebb and flow brings things into our life and then out again. Even the slightest hesitation of holding impedes the flow...If you believe that material and spiritual blessings are infinite, a cornucopia awaits you."
In this week's podcast, I talk more about Aparigraha, and we practice breathing into a sense that there is enough. We couple this with gratitude, which is the antidote to scarcity.
Sunday, September 8, is a wonderful opportunity to bring a fresh practice of Aparigraha to your body/mind, releasing tension, toxicity, and thought patterns that no longer serve you. You will learn about the amazing KonMari Method™ of de-cluttering your home in a way that is lasting and sparks joy at the Making S P A C E workshop!
If you have a scarcity mindset around time, I encourage you to push back against it. Give yourself the gift of TIME outside regular life, outside of routine. The trees lose their leaves and know it's time to rest. I plan to lose myself in the restful, slow pace of beach life in Aruba, and I want you to join me on my 2020 retreat with Laura F. Those who register before October 1 save $150! (Talk about abundance!)
May you open your palms to release your grip, allowing life's abundance to flow through your life with steadiness and ease.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.