Withdrawing From The Chaos- Pratyahara

When we looked at pratyahara, we saw that freedom offers us a choice – either to go on as before, driven by external forces and gratifications, or to turn inward and use our gentle powers to seek out the Self.
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Light On Life



Described as withdraw of the senses and the mind, Pratyahara the fifth limb of Patanjali's eight limb path, teaches us to find control over the elements leading us to our true-self.  What may you ask is your true self? Well it's that place of calm where there is no outer influences controlling you.

It may be explained as this... it's that moment right after savasana when you have just spent an hour moving with your body and your breath, leading you to an ending of sweet surrender.  It's that energy you feel when you sit up with eyes closed and hands at heart feeling as though the world has gently faded away and the only thing that exists is YOU.  

What does your outer world look like?  Be mindful of what you allow in, because that energy has a huge effect on your mind and your body as well.  The body always follows the mind.  I like to practice taking in only the good;  like watching non-violent shows and movies, listening to beautiful music, trying my best not to engage in negative talk, reading positive literature, and finding beauty even on a rainy day.  Believe it or not, even in this very politically-charged time we can choose to filter out the negative.  You have that power.

Pratyahara leads you to a journey within and a step leading us into meditation.  

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