Thursday, December 3, 2015

Less is More

yes it is. 
During yoga teacher training we delved into the yamas, which is one of the limbs on the eight limb path of yoga codified by Patanjali eons ago.  Anyway, the yamas are a series of moral imperatives representing a series of "right living" or ethical rules within yoga  In the past week I have been able to empty out my storage unit (can I get a WAT WAT?!) which may not seem like a big deal, but to me it was a fan-fucking-tastic step towards living in accordance with the principle of "aparigraha" (letting go/non-attachment/non-possesiveness). I don't consider myself a hoarder by any means, but I think I have been a "non-relinquisher" of sorts. Whether it was holding on to old clothing and "stuff", or even worse, clinging to feelings of unworthiness and guilt, I have done myself zero favors in those departments.  So...during that training we were talking about Aparigraha and in that discussion my teacher said having a storage unit was a form on non-attachment.  I felt a bit bad about it because I did have stuff in storage (everything I owned was in storage because I was living overseas), but that really stuck with me.  I mean, what's the point of keeping things we barely use?  Paying $85 a month (nearly $1,000 a year) for shit that sits there. So today I was able to ditch the last of it. Hope House Foundation (a local thrift shop charity) has seen my face quite a bit recently. Three years ago I was living in a four bedroom house full of stuff, including owning three cars! Today I share a two bedroom apartment with a roommate. I'm telling you, people, life isn't about getting and having more, it's about simplifying and appreciating less.