June Newsletter: Vairagya ~ Letting go of attachments


Vairagya is a Sanskrit word which is described in the Bhagavad Gita as non-attachment.  The Bhagavad Gita is required reading for most yoga teacher trainings.  It is an epic novel written in India which describes how to live effectively in a world of challenge and change.  
Although, it is believed to be written in the second century BC, the actual date is unknown.  It was Mahatma Gandhi’s personal guidebook and it was a life-changing book for me.   What is so fascinating is that these teachings which were written thousands of years ago, apply directly to our lives today.
The verse in the picture above, “When you move amidst the world of sense, free from attachment and aversion alike, there comes the peace in which all sorrows end, and you live in the wisdom of the Self”, is telling us how to live a peaceful life.  Isn’t that all we really want?  To be at peace?
The ‘Self’ that the Bhagavad Gita is referring to is the Self that always resides in peace.  Earlier this week I posted on Facebook that I was unable to practice many yoga poses because my back was hurting.  For quite awhile, I was pushing through certain poses even though they were hurting.  Now, I finally had to stop doing many of my favorite challenging yoga poses.  
In addition,  I let go of the aversion I had toward the pain.  When I let the attachment to certain yoga poses go and took time to get an amazing massage and consistently apply essential oils, the pain began to alleviate. 
Our ego is ALWAYS in desire of something.  We take a bite of food and if it tastes yummy, we want more.  When life gets challenging, our adrenaline begins pumping faster as we look for ways to avert the challenge and go back to status quo.  However, what if we used all of our might to live in this moment and release attachment?  Is there something that you are strongly attached to at this point in your life that is actually causing unease?  If so, are you ready to begin the practice of non-attachment?
That is living Yoga.
In Love, Service & Wisdom,
Victoria Purcell-Goodwin