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The Four Seasons, Winterby Paul Cezanneby Nina“The discriminating person knows that stand is inherent in change, in the suspicion over convert, and in the subconscious marks left by this anxiety. The past and present are intertwined, and even pleasant events are tinged with hurting. Suffering that is yet to come can be avoided, however, by relinquishing feeling to any wanted outcome in the future, since such outcomes are illusory. — Barbara Stoler Miller, from Yoga: Discipline of FreedomThe other daytime an older friend of mine told me that after three years of being on the market, her live finally sold. Even though this was a great relief–she needed to money from the house to live on during her retirement–she now had a dilemma. Her original project had been to live in a small apartment in New York City. But even though New York had recently partly reopened after the long shutdown, it was still hard for an older person like her to live there alone, because so much of the time she would stuck inside, especially during the hot, muggy summer and the icy wintertime. So, she was thinking about maybe moving to LA, where the brave was better and she could get a slightly larger apartment, one with a small patio or deck that would throw her a safe seat for being outside. But deciding was impossible right now while everything was still up in the air. How long will it take for New York–and the rest of the world–to return to regular? She clanged philosophical about it. “I really wish I could resolve this now, ” she said, “but what can you do? ”I recognized subsequently that–one style or another–we are all experiencing the same dilemma right now. We’ve all had to scrap our projects and now can only wait to see how things play out. When will the pandemic culminate? And what will the world be like when it does? Although I listen some people talking about various “silver linings” of this pandemic, that’s not a quotation I like to use. From my point of view, “theres anything” good about what’s been happening these days: parties are dying or suffering from long-term physical detriment, beings are losing their jobs and their dwellings, and some are even becoming hungry, and people are feeling scared, anxious, and incensed. However, I do see a great opportunity here, an opportunity to take to heart one of the largest part exercises of yoga.One of the basic principles of yoga is that change and uncertainty are intrinsic aspects of life. The information macrocosm( prakrti ), which includes your body-mind as well as other beings and external objects, is by its nature ever changing. As T.K.V. Desikachar says: “Although in yoga everything we identify and event is true and real, all chassis and all content are in a constant state of flux. This thought of perpetual alteration is known as parinamavada.” — from The Heart of YogaThe pandemic is coaching us this lesson. Although some are in denial and exactly want to act as if everything is still the same as it used to be, most of us is known that, like it or not, all countries of the world and our lives have been forever altered by this pandemic. It’s not easy, of course. In yoga sutra 2.15, Patanjali links alter as one of the main causes of suffering: “All life is suffering for a humankind of discrimination, because of the abides inherent in change and its profane subconscious impress, and because of the road qualities of fabric mood turn against each other.” — converted by Barbara Stoler MillerAccepting this truth that the material world is impermanent is the first step to finding equanimity. Refusing to accept this truth, or “engaging in a fight against reality” as my friend Scott Lauze says, exclusively increases our suffering because we will always be angry, annoyed, or depressed that things aren’t the same as they formerly were and that the future is uncertain.From this basic acceptance, yoga offers us the possibility of liberation from the endure associated with the ever-changing material world. How you can achieve this depends on the particular yoga path that you choose to follow. But even if you decide not to go further than this, precisely countenancing impermanence can allow you to navigate with greater simplicity through the challenges of difficult times.Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook deg To degree Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your regional bookstore.

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