Yoga Sutra 1.4

1.4 If the practitioner is not identifying with the self, the fluctuating states of the mind cloud the perception.

If I sat all day and observed the changes in my mind and feelings over the period of time, I would recognize so many different and erratic changes. Our mind’s natural state is fluctuation. The purpose of meditation is not to shove the changes down into repression. Rather, to identify, observe, and let go of our fluctuating mind. Observe the awareness behind the feeling and you can be set free. The way we view the world is directly related to our perception and our bias. If we can identify instead with out true nature, we can be set free.

Today I will look for the stillness of awareness. When I feel the fluctuations of my mind, I will smile and find the calm behind the chaos.


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