Finding Peace

balance-15712_640Yoga Sutra 1.33

In Yoga Sutra 1.33, Patanjali tells us how to find calm, even in the middle of chaos:

“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”

Peace during the Bustle

During the holidays, we often speak of peace; but peace seems at odds with the stress and busy schedules of the season. Obtaining peace seems like a very lofty, unattainable goal as we rush from task to task. But it’s not. By following the attitudes laid out in Sutra 1.33, we can find space even in the busiest of times.

Practicing for Peace

Try practicing friendless toward the next person who shares a smile with you, compassion toward someone who seems tired and downtrodden, delight toward the person who is giving selflessly, and disregard toward those who are malicious. By adopting these attributes, you will create space for your mind to remain calm and centered, even if your schedule is not.

And if you can create this space during the holiday season, you can create peace any time life seems more chaos than calm.

Have a peaceful holiday.

 

 

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