By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.
— Lao Tzu
Aparigraha is one of the basic yamas outlined by Patanjali. It is stated as being both the “abstention from greed” and also as “not coveting”. Letting go of earthly possessions, avoiding hoarding or collection can be hard enough; but what if what you’re clinging to is a concept? An idea of how things “could” or “should” be? What if this idea of unnecessary acquisition isn’t so much an acquisition of objects, but of non-essential stress, worry and twisted perceptions over that which we have no control? In the end isn’t all worry and stress, all the “shoulds” and “woulds”, all of the “might have beens” really, truly, deeply, aren’t they ALL non-essential? Is claiming a new promotion truly a measure of your success in life? Is getting a new car? Is nailing that challenging yoga pose a make or break deal in life? Is it not a better measure of success tapping into how much joy we feel in our heart?
In the practice of Aparigraha, non-grasping, we free ourselves from both the past and future and learn to gracefully ride the wave of the here and now. It is said that our ability to truly let go and relax is in direct relation to our ability to trust. Let the universe take care of everything for you. In the end doesn’t everything fall into place exactly as it needs to? When we set our intentions in a way that best serve those around us AND the Self, we are often times rewarded. Letting go of our attachment to the need for reward is the difficult part. Full surrender. Serve yourself a slice once in awhile.
In seeking to tap into a space of deeper joy, release, enthusiasm, surrender and creativity we bind with our water element. To get there we must LET. IT. GO. Flow with the subtle force of water; slow and steady water winds it’s way through any hurdle thrown into its path. Working with Svadisthana (2nd Chakra) connects us with the rushing waters of freedom. Set yourself free from the ties that bind!
Here are a few postures which will allow you to find a passionate path in life and move through stagnant times. Let go and bring on the flow! Remember to bring your own shape and rhythm to each of these poses. Dancing, graceful movement, variations, creativity, flow and adding a personal flavor are great ways to further deepen your connection to the Svadisthana. Don’t forget to release attachment to whether or not you can do the full expression of the sample poses. Step into a place of non-judgement and be really, really real; right now. Keep the breath moving, the mind present, let your hair down and enjoy the ride. Take this cruise with grace and dive into the rapids of release! Start living. NOW. Namaste.
Written and published originally by Kristin Gilbert Ramirez of OM Puerto Viejo.