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tapah - svādhyāya - īśvarapranidhānāni - kriyāyogah

yoga sutra 2.1 describes kriyāyogaḥ - the yoga of action, enlightened action which isn’t reactive nor compulsive but that emerges from deep within ourselves. the trinomial that takes us toward kriyāyogaḥ is: tapaḥ, svādhyāya and īśhvarapraṇidhānāni. tapas is discipline, effort, practice; svādhyāya is the study of oneself and  spiritual texts; īśhvarapraṇidhānāni is radical acceptance. effort and discipline are paramounts but they need to be supported by the study and observation of our own patterning and conditioning so that they aren’t donde in vain. radical acceptance closes the loop: in order to study oneself we should be able to accept what is and as it is. in the same way, effort for it to be directable needs support from observation.

this section is dedicated to notes that nourish enlightened action, Patañjali’s yoga, the ashtanga practice and community. get inspired ︎ 

in the quest for contrasting antagonism, alienation and separation this 2.1 reminds us that there are valuable instruments for us to maintain equanimity - or to cultivate it -  and to act from our real and true center. 

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“the practice of Yoga must reduce both physical and mental impurities. it must develop our capacity for self-examination and help us to understand that, in the final analysis, we are not the masters of everything we do”
︎ yoga sutra 2.1 trasnlation from T.K.V Desikachar, in Heart of Yoga, 1995

“three days of practice a week is the minimum to establish any sort of rhythm. four or five days a week enable significant healing and vitality. six makes a life practice. it is much more effective to practice a little bit every day than to do big practices every few days..”
︎ Angela Jamison, from House Recommendations, 2012

“all that you touch
you Change
all that you Change
Changes you.
the only lasting truth
is Change.
is Change”.
“belief initiates and guides action, or it does nothing”.
︎ Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower.

what you pay attention to grows as written by A.M. Brown or: where the mind goes energy will follow.

we have a choice... we can create magic around our actions.

“we are what we habitually do. thus excellence isn’t an action, it is a habit”.
︎ Aristotele.

“when you pray move your feet”.

︎ african proverb.

“conectedness balances the excesses of individualism in the diversity principle. the first step in conectedness is forming pairs (like kinship pairs) with multiple other agents who also pair with others. the next step is creating or expanding networks of these connections. the final step is making sure these networks are interacting with the networks of other agents, both within your system and in others’”.

︎ Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World.

“know, it’s not fair that the word laughter is trapped inside slaughter”.

︎ Ocean Vuong, On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous