YAMAS AND NIYAMAS – 12.2.14 (Saucha – Purity as a Cleansing Process)

Are your days busy?  Do you feel like society puts an emphasis on “the more you get done, the more productive you are”?  I do.  All around us there is an emphasis on “multitasking.”    It isn’t healthy.

Don’t Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You

I always attempt to put as many fun things in my calendar as possible.  It is a blessing and a curse.  In a busy day, there can often be no time left for the moment.  My busy day often leaves me with a messy kitchen and student work from my day job strewn about my classroom and coffee table.  And it stresses me out.  Do you have the same issues going on at home and work?  

Purity isn’t simply a physical term.  When applied to our mind, our home and our work, it becomes a life saving word.  I bought into the idea that chronic multitasking was essential for success.  As I’ve become older, I’ve realized that I don’t have a truly horrible memory.  I don’t focus all of my energy on the present task in the present moment.  I don’t take time to purify my mind.  I am guilty of this at home and work as well.  I allow other areas of my life (love for hockey, Android cell phones, nerdy TV shows like “Brooklyn 99” and other such hobbies) to pull at my attention.  I am excited about the opportunity to reflect on Saucha throughout the month of December.  My mind and sanity truly need it.  How’s your sanity? 🙂

Saucha – Purity as a Cleansing Process

The jewel of Saucha, or purity, carries a two-fold meaning.  First, Saucha invites us to purify our bodies, our thoughts, and our words.  As we purify ourselves physically and mentally, we become less cluttered and heavy; purification brings about a brightness and clarity to our essence.  Second, this guideline has a relational quality.

Taking steps to cleanse and purify ourselves will look different for each of us.  Cleansing doesn’t have to be earth shattering or weird to begin to work its magic.  It might take the form of increased physical exercise, or increased water intake, a day of fasting on fruit and juice, or perhaps a day of cleaning out closets.  Maybe we will choose to spend a day purifying our tongue so that we speak nothing of harm or untruth for the entire day.  Whatever form purifying takes, it always begins with an intention to “lighten” the load we are carrying.

Maybe your body is carrying poisonous toxins from a poor diet.  Maybe your mind is carrying the heavy baggage of victimhood or unforgiveness.  Maybe your home and workspace are full of clutter and junk.

Clean your body!  Clean your mind!  Clean your living and work space! 🙂

Book – “The Yamas and Niyamas” by Deborah Adele

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