Prior to the practice of Asana, are the practices of the Yamas and Niyamas which act as an ethical code and foundation for the practice of yoga. These are moral perfects to strive for and the concept is enhance the practice of these disciplines. The 5th yama is the practice of non-hoarding. Aparigraha, the Sanskrit word for this yama, literally means non-hoarding but can be translated as not really wanting, non-attachment or greed-lessness.

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The Buddha informs us that all beings suffer. The reason for suffering is desire and aversion. Aparigrapha worries the desire for things. We desire what we do not have and do not have what we want. For instance, I wish to consume brownies for dinner and I do not want to consume salad. This develops suffering. The larger image is that we’ve endless really wants and desires often stimulated by our own monkey mind and advertising brilliants. We could really want a better car, a much better home, a better mate, much better youngsters, and to win the lotto.

All of these things are diversions which make it more difficult for our mind to be free. All of these things take some time to acquire, to keep, to think of and consider. How much time, energy, and resources do we invest looking after our things whether they be technological gadgets or brand-new clothing? Patanjali (1999) tells us that the course to enlightenment is with the mind, an uncluttered mind. As long as we’re preoccupied with our Christmas ornament collection, having the biggest truck, plastic surgery, a brand-new pair of shoes, or whatever, our mind isn’t free.

The most convenient method to begin this practice is to start by cleaning out clutter. There are many benefits to cleaning out mess consisting of a less chaotic mind. Determine ahead of time what appears reasonable. Are 10 pairs of socks enough, twenty, fifty? What suffices? Take products that are still in excellent condition to the homeless or the Goodwill. Don’t donate broken products or stained clothes, these must be gotten rid of. The monk makes due with a bowl and the majority of us can survive with much less than we have.

Aparigraha is tough to practice even for those who don’t stay in a consumption culture since the mind is always understanding outdoors itself. For those people who do stay in a materialistic culture, it can be even more challenging. Many North Americans are constantly pounded by messages informing us that we desire something we don’t have or worse that if we don’t have something we’re going to be bad parents, unpopular, unsightly or undesirable. It helps to shut off the television and stay clear of consumer magazines. Most of us actually don’t have to fly first class, to live in a big house, to drive a brand-new vehicle, or wear the most pricey designers. The majority of us could really be a lot more content living in a smaller sized space, riding a bike and taking the train.

Once you clear out the mess from your life, think about exactly what else you can quit that you don’t need. Comfort is truly so much more valuable than anything you possess. The Buddha tells us that our desire is never ever satiated. Worse, each time we gratify a desire, it gets bigger. The only means to gratify our desire for more, is to reject that desire.