A Sutra a Day: I-43 – Still Motion

Jul 2, 2012 | Being a writer, XSutras, xTmp, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | 1 comment

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I have become a writing machine. I’ve been churning out words all day at my computer.
Some of these words have to do with an infusion of new material on the YogaAnywhere FB site. Some relate to a new Yogaanywhere WordPress site that is coming down the highway very soon – watch this space! Other writing relates to a great new newsletter about to be birthed this week. And then of course, I’m still here writing to you on good ole’ “Yoga with Eve Grzybowski”.
A long time ago I decided (impetuously) that I was going to ride my bicycle north from Sydney over a week and see how far I got. The first day was tough. I got up to the Central Coast, but I kept wondering how I was going to do another big hike the next day.
After setting off, I ran into an experienced cyclist along the Pacific Highway, and he said that in a few days I would just turn into a machine. My legs would know precisely what to do and be trustworthy, and I would be able to ride for long distances enjoyably. He was spot on.
BTW, I got to Taree in a week of cycling, with lots of little seaside excursions.
It’s the same thing with writing. Do a little and it’s an effort. Do a lot more and it gets easier. Do a lot and it’s almost like channeling.
Does this relate to Patanjali’s Sutra I-43? I think so; it is possible to lose sense of oneself in writing, along with all the constraints of nagging self-criticism. That’s a fabulous state to be in and the by-product of it is that writing can be all the better because of it. But you have to be the judge 🙂

smrtiparisuddhau svarupassunyevartha-matranirbhasa virvitarka

When the direction of the mind towards the object is sustained, the ideas and memories of the past gradually recede. The mind becomes crystal clear and one with the object. At this moment there is no feeling of oneself. This is pure perception.*
*Patanjali’s Yogasutras, translation & commentary by T.K.V.Desikachar

1 Comment

  1. Oooooo – loved this post. Keep me posted, posted, posted….


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