I am fully grounded as I sit and breathe before , during, and after my yoga practice. Sometimes, oh, maybe frequently, my mind wanders while practicing breath-work, but I still feel grounded. Perhaps so, because my sit bones are directly connected to the floor, or to the earth, and I am in the sacred space I have created for myself. As such, I revel in focusing on my core, I embody the Sutras. But…
That’s where it ends. My grounding and focusing is lost to the ethos as I walk out of the yoga room, and into the world. The world, after all, isn’t my yoga room, my sacred space. If only I could cultivate that core, that grounding, that attitude that allows me to know:
- Peace and love are who I am
- Compassion will change unhappiness – In me & in others
- Respect all and disregard the wickedness in the world
As the Yoga Sutra I.33 from Patanjali says:
maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam
“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”
To me this is being grounded; attending to my core. “How?” I ask. Well, I get the general feel on the mat, and now I need to translate it into my daily life.
My practice gives me the “feeling” of it, and keeping an eye on the Sutras, and being very conscious, will allow these words to lay in my heart, and once there, become fully incorporated into my being as I move about in the wide world.
But, maybe, just maybe, it works the other way…Maybe, just maybe, if I consider all this wild, beautiful world my sacred space, then, and only then, I can be grounded, and in my core, I can live the Sutras.