Dealing with the world inside of us is quite a challenge, isn’t it? This current blog is a summary of the fives ethical codes known as the ‘Niyamas’ (Guidelines) and they tell us more on how we can deal with the world inside of us, thus ourselves so that we can improve life.
In the past five blogs on Yoga ethics (Niyamas) we looked at:
- purity (saucha)
- contentment (santosha)
- self-discipline (tapas)
- self-study (svadhyaya)
- surrender (ishvara pranidhana)
In these blogs on ‘Niyamas’ we looked useful ethical Yoga guidelines:
- Live the moment.
- Abundant living.
- Get things done.
- Self discovery questions.
- Live your life to the fullest.
First of all, if I may speak from my own experience, it is damn hard to live by all of these ethical rules at the same time, all of the time. We are no saints; we live in a fast paced world and sometimes in overcrowded cities. My first advice would therefore be, strive to live by these ethical rules, but also forgive yourself if you don’t always manage to do so. Be compassionate to yourself. Sometimes we just don’t manage to hold up all of our good intentions. Feeling guilty about either the past or present will do us all no good.
So what is wise? Like a Buddhist monk once explained during a lecture: ‘Tomorrow is a new day’. Even he admitted that although having been raised in a monastery that he too gets angry. His advice: ‘Forgive yourself and have compassion. Just try again the next day!’.
That is all we can do. We try living according to our values and principles and we try applying it daily. The Yoga ethical guidelines are also exactly that; guidelines. They are signposts to show us the road. If we get off track, they can guide us back.
Make good choices
Would you also like to know how you can deal with the world around you? Check the blogs on the Yamas: Make good choices.
How to slow down? Simply take a break and do Yin Yoga.
Sit still. Stretch. Breathe. Continue.
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©This blog is inspired by a book from Deborah Adele: The Yamas and Niyamas, Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice.