Practice does not come with cookie cutter catchphrases, slogans or ready made answers. Rather it is a means to explore what is beyond our current perception of life and move into a different dimension of seeing and experience. It is an inquiry into where we have also been less than honest within ourselves and an invitation to step into uncharted territory.
There is a beautiful saying in the Bhagavad Gita: “Yogastha Kuru Karmani”. Translated it means “Establish yourself in Yoga, then perform action”.
When our actions are not rooted in purpose, life feels accidental and we feel that we are at the mercy of our circumstances. This can quickly be a means to more entanglement and confusion instead of liberation.
As an example, I have used meditation to avoid life and to stop investigating the basis of my depression and suffering. This became a serious problem for many years. It was an unconscious movement and a practiced art of self-deception that ruled me from within. However, when I started to remember purpose, my practice became a movement of release, forgiveness, and freedom instead of bondage. I started to gather the tools that Yoga and other metaphysical teachings provided to create a little more meaning in my life. I stopped giving importance to my attachments and aversions and started to navigate life with more ease and grace.
With devotion and skillful action, our practice can truly become a powerful tool to break our psychological boundaries, emotional compulsions, and karmic restrictions.
All meaningful endeavor and seeking must be consciously undertaken, consciously directed and consciously organized. Our purpose and goals must be clearly formulated in our minds.