A Sutra a Day: II-21 – Inner Voice

Aug 9, 2012 | Philosophy, XSutras, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | 0 comments

- a sutra a day: ii-21 - inner voice


I don’t consider myself a good singer. In actual fact, I don’t know how good or bad I am because I don’t let myself be vetted by anyone. This is very insecure behavior, I know, especially as I might find out that I’m not that bad.
The really strange thing is that I sing every Thursday night with a community choir. I’m in the alto section and there are usually a number of us. So, I can sing quietly and not stand out, even if I am off-key at times.
Lately I’ve been turning the volume up. Someone told me that a good way to learn how to improve your singing was to listen to yourself. And you know what I’ve discovered? I can sing in tune for a while and then go out of tune and then come back in. That may pass for normal, even with so-called good singers.
There’s so much to be learned from each of our experiences, and probably the most learning occurs when we are the most vulnerable. Instead of running away from the inner voice, it’s possible to turn up the volume and find out what runs us. Why? To find out what’s true.

Tadartha eva drsyasyatma

What is perceived exists only to serve as object for the perceiving identity.*
*The Essence of Yoga – Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bernard Bouanchaud.


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