Aparigraha- non-grasping, aka non-hoarding/ non-attachment. Oh, the syndrome of our society. We have more storage units in the U.S. than a certain golden arches food chain and Starbucks combined. We LOOOOOVE to hoard, attach and grasp to things. I know. I do it. We hold onto relationships long over, a dress from 1999 that we may wear again, trauma that doesn’t serve a purpose. Minimalism is a movement I can get into and am getting into slowly, but surely. It means pairing down to the minimum needed to live. I’ve rid myself of so much and each time, it it.feels.so.damn.good. After the Camino de Santiago, I realized I only needed human connection, a few warm meals, a couple of outfits, awesome shoes, an occasional shower and a comfy bed. That’s really it. I traveled through France for 2 weeks w/ a backpack after my Camino. Now, I take two suitcases for 5 days of travel. It’s time to cut it down again. I’ve just convinced myself I need all those possibilities when I really don’t.
We also attach ourselves to an identity just because we’ve been labeled as that for a decade or 3. If we all practiced this one yama, I believe, the others would fall into place. Aparigrapha encourages us to look and be grateful for what we have here and now and to let go of the idea of what others have. It leads us away from comparing or envy. Krishna said “Let your concern be with action alone, and never with the fruits of action”. This is hella hard. Again I know because I latch on tightly to the outcome often.
This is the practice of truly knowing we have enough and we are enough. All that we need is already ours. Everything else is just ego human desire fluff. Deepak Chopra says “holding on to anything is like holding your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go and it will be yours forever”. That is all. Just let go. Then let go again. And again. And again. You’ll be A-Ok. I promise.
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