Yoga: Non attachment

As I shift through things I have collected over the years, I am surprised how much I have.
My intention is to hold onto those I want to take with me and to let go off those that no longer serve me.
Its not easy though, as these possessions are a representation of who I am.
It seems never ending the more I unpack, the more I want to hold onto, it’s as if a fear of letting takes hold of me and so the more attached I become.
As I unpack  images dart across my mind and tell me the stories of my life, ones which I have interpreted, learnt, created all personal to me.
Some of what I possess I have had for years, they are no use to me any longer, yet they are part of me and I have become used to them.
Like an old trinket box with a broken lid which has traveled with me over the years, my ache in my knee has become more embedded into my persona.
I try to practice non- attachment, in identifying what I am attached so I can learn to let go, move on and enjoy being present.
Non-attachment – non-possessiveness Aparagraha) – the 5th Yama, is a practice of being true to myself, it helps me live my life with authenticity, it releases the desire to acquire, to consume and gives me freedom in my body, mind and spirit.
So, as I practice non-attachment with my possessions I am can learn to begin to let- go of my attachments to my emotional baggage, my stories and celebrate in my heart, mind and soul.

Yoga: Non attachment

Patanjali

 

 


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