Category Archives: The Yamas & Niyamas

Aparagraha – non possessiveness

We can’t possess anything anyway, so it is funny to me how hard we try.  We use things and people to prop our insecurities on.  It is like putting chains on these things and demanding them to never move, never … Continue reading

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Brahmacharya – non excess

Like truthfulness, Brahmacharya is another “go all the way” yama.  In other words, restrain from settling for anything less than wonder, awe, and the sacred.  And restrain from anything that keeps you from this place.  It is easy to grab … Continue reading

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Asteya – non stealing

Non-stealing is restraining from taking what doesn’t belong to us, what we don’t need, what is more than our share, and what depletes the future.  It is restraining from doing others work for them, rescuing them, fixing them, and worrying … Continue reading

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Truthfulness

I am intrigued that the restraint here is a restraint to stop at anything short of the full truth. This is a significant leap from the tendency to land in a partial truth and be satisfied.  If we begin in … Continue reading

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Nonviolence

We are afraid of outer attack, but the real brutal attacks come from within.  Where do we find more violence than what we do to ourselves in the hidden corners of our mind where abusive thoughts run on automatic replay? … Continue reading

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Surrender

To understand surrender, we turn to the gurus, sages, and mystics of all traditions. They all radiate a joy, compassion, childlike wonder, and unfailing trust.  They seem to accomplish more for the world than seems humanly possible.  And they unabashedly … Continue reading

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Self-Study

I was in the Minneapolis airport with a short layover.  Rushing to get to my next gate to catch my flight, I made a quick stop in the women’s bathroom.  As I entered, I saw four men standing there.  Stunned … Continue reading

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Self-Discipline

We are becoming a soft culture.  When life seems a little challenging, it is easy to escape, and the escape routes are numerous.  Food, alcohol, stores, television, and internet are among the variety of ways we can pamper ourselves.  When … Continue reading

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